Think Yourself Fit
Injured? Sit back, relax and think yourself back to fitness
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