CONTROL YOUR MUSCLES WITH YOUR MIND!
Learn to control your muscles with your mind! A building block for balance, proprioception (body’s ability to perceive its own position in space) and strengthening.
Exercise does not have to be difficult or costly. You do not need weights if you do not want them. You do not need a gym membership (good thing right now with COVID) and you do not need a lot of space. If you have a space where you can stand with arms extended and turn 360 degrees, you have enough room to work your body.
With your mind, you can control your muscles to add resistance to movement. With your mind, you can tighten, relax and flex muscles. Your body has the ability to be its own workout apparatus.
Whole body exercises can create balance and help proprioception. You can strengthen, all at the same time! This is vital to mobility.
AN EXAMPLE OF MIND CONTROL WITH MUSCLES
Make a fist. Use your mind to tighten the muscles in your arm and flex your fist up towards your shoulder. YOU HAVE JUST PERFORMED A BICEPS CURL using nothing but your mind to contract your muscles. Try harder next time and you have added more resistance to that curl. Use your mind to flex your thigh muscles. Tighten, release, tighten, release and relax. You may find that you can contract the right or left side more easily with your mind, practice will improve both!
Work on tightening and releasing muscle groups from head to toe, neck, chest muscles, abdominal muscles etc.
TRY THIS WHOLE BODY EXERCISE
This one exercise, done repeatedly over time, will give you more control over your body and thus the ability to do more varied exercises. Add mind control to bring depth to the exercise.
Stand tall, good posture, shoulders back, chest out, with feet placed hip distance apart firmly on the floor. The simple act of making sure your shoulders are back and your chest is out has worked muscles. Do a scan from head to toe and tighten any muscle groups you can with your mind. This may include neck muscles, the muscles between your shoulder blades, your core abdominal muscles, butt muscles, thigh muscles and the muscles in your feet. By the way, when you contract these muscles, this leads to tightened calf muscles too. Hold the muscles tight for a count of 10 and relax.
Now, repeat while holding muscles for 15 seconds, 20 seconds and finally 30 seconds. Now, close your eyes and raise one foot very slowly off the floor, while still contracting all the same muscle groups. Repeat with the other foot. Did you start to sway? This is basic body strengthening with balance and proprioception control. You can place a hand on a counter top, a wall, or a chair if you need to, for modification and you can do all of this seated, as well.
KEY STRENGTHENING FACTOR
Learning to control your muscles with your mind is a strengthening factor. The key is lengthening the amount of time your mind can control your muscles. As you increase time, you will find you can increase the tightening of the muscles too. Mastery of this exercise to control your body (which I call ASSUMING THE POSITION) will lead to the ability to do more exercises, using your own body and mind for resistance and strengthening, balance and proprioception.
Basic body control is the starting point for safe, controlled strengthening, without the need for gear.
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