Think Your­self Fit

In­jured? Sit back, re­lax and think your­self back to fit­ness

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

Imag­ine you’re do­ing a re­hab move. Done? Great, you’re healed

GOOD NEWS, RE­HAB­BERS: just think­ing about re­hab ex­er­cises, and ob­serv­ing oth­ers do­ing them, may help to ac­cel­er­ate your own re­cov­ery from in­jury. In a new study pub­lished in Dis­abil­ity and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, healthy adults imag­ined the Nordic ham­string ex­er­cise (see above) in both legs over three weeks, and also watched the ex­er­cise be­ing per­formed. At the end of the study, their ham­string strength had in­creased. Im­prove­ments were found only in the sub­jects’ right legs, per­haps be­cause the brain’s left hemi­sphere con­trols the mus­cles on the right side and also dom­i­nates in mo­tor sim­u­la­tion.

NORDIC HAM­STRING Kneel down on a folded towel, feet firmly braced. Lower your­self slowly, us­ing your hands when your legs can no longer sup­port you. Push your­self back up. Try three sets of five reps

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