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Muscle Strength Is In The Mind: Just Imagining Arm Exercises Creates A Tangible Effect On The Body

Muscle Strength Is In The Mind: Just Imagining Arm Exercises Creates A Tangible Effect On The Body

Brain and brawn aren’t mutually exclusive—that, in fact, they have more in common than they ever thought. In a small study recently published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, researchers found that much of muscle strength is based on brain activity, rather than on the mass of the muscles themselves. “There’s a fair amount of evidence that you’ll activate the same parts of the brain doing imagery as you do if you’re actually doing the task itself,” explained Brian Clark, a physiology professor at Ohio University and the study’s lead author. “The basic thought is that the imagery is allowing the brain to maintain those connections.”

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