MIND MUS­CLE

TAP INTO THE POWER OF YOUR MIND TO GET THE WORK­OUT RE­SULTS YOU DE­SIRE

Healthy Woman - - HEALTH & F ITNESS - Words

Pauline Muindi GET­TING FIT IS ONE OF THE MOST

pop­u­lar new year res­o­lu­tions. If you are a reg­u­lar gym-goer, brace your­self for the Jan­uary crowd! Your gym will be full of ex­cited, mo­ti­vated new­bies hop­ing to get their dream bod­ies be­fore June. But come March, most new­bies will have slowly and qui­etly given up. Once again, you won’t have to wait to get a turn on the tread­mill or use any other piece of equip­ment. What hap­pens to all those bright-eyed, bushy­tailed new­bies? Well, some of them might have pushed their bod­ies too hard too quickly and suf­fered burnout. But for most of them, the bat­tle is lost in the mind. They get frus­trated or bored with fit­ness and di­ets and just quit. What can you do to make sure you don’t suf­fer the same fate? USE WORK­OUT GAD­GETS

Us­ing work­out gad­gets such as Fit­bit and apps can im­prove your per­for­mance and make your gym work­outs more ef­fec­tive. Not only do they help you track and cal­cu­late your progress, they also give you that ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to at­tain your fit­ness goals. While fit­ness gad­gets and apps can’t change any­thing in your body at the press of a but­ton, they give you the in­for­ma­tion that can change your way of think­ing. For ex­am­ple, some de­vices can track reps and pro­vide ac­tion­able feedback af­ter each set to let you know whether to keep push­ing or to hold back. Re­searchers say that most of­ten fa­tigue doesn’t come from the mus­cles but from the mind. If with the help of your fit­ness gad­get, you tell your brain to push harder, it will. WORK YOUR CON­CEN­TRA­TION MUS­CLE

Ac­cord­ing to Amit Kwala, the au­thor of The Ath­letic Brain: How Neu­ro­science is Revo­lu­tion­iz­ing Sport and Can Help You Per­form Bet­ter, “Re­search says that if you prac­tice forc­ing your­self to keep do­ing some­thing re­ally bor­ing, you’ll get bet­ter at it.” This is be­cause you’ll train your con­cen­tra­tion mus­cle a method where you vi­su­alise the re­sults you want to achieve. Sci­en­tists claim that by vi­su­al­is­ing your­self do­ing some­thing, you use the same neu­rons and path­ways in the brain as ac­tu­ally per­form­ing the skill it­self. Want to smash your next weightlift­ing ses­sion? Just vi­su­alise your­self do­ing it!

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