How to become stronger without moving a single muscle? .. An...

Dr. Michael Mosley has revealed a ‘surprising’ technique that can help you become stronger, in his ‘Podcast’ (Just One Thing).

This technique can not only help with strength, but also improve muscle function, become better at a particular movement, and even aid recovery after injury, he says.

Dr Mosley said of the motion pictures via BBC Radio 4’s podcast: “I only tested a bunch of one things, but this thing literally looks amazing.” He explained what exactly motion pictures are and why they should become the only new thing you capture. Here’s everything you need to know about the technique that can boost your strength from the comfort of your couch.

Mosley opened the episode, “So I’m lying on my couch at home, feet up, grab a cup of tea, and I’m about to do something that seems to boost my strength by up to 24 percent.” He explained, “I’m going to visualize myself doing the pushup. I’m very focused now. I can really visualize what each limb is doing and feeling. I’m not actually moving a muscle; I’m just sitting on the couch.”

The technique the Just One Thing host describes is called kinematics, and it’s commonly used by elite athletes.

“Scientists have shown that just thinking about doing something like push-ups can improve your performance,” the doctor added.

Aside from boosting your strength, motor imagery can make you better at a particular movement, changing the way your brain and physiology work.

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The podcast host explained that the “surprising” evidence associated with this practice suggests that imagining doing an exercise can make you a better athlete than just exercising alone.

This is nothing new, as the history of kinetic images dates back to 1899, when people began to wonder about learning gymnastics through thinking.


“In a study from the 1990s, researchers from Louisiana State University asked a group of women to imagine extending their knee and contracting the quadriceps for five seconds,” Moseley said. “They were asked to make sure they weren’t making any actual contractions. However, by the end of the study, the strength of the quadriceps had increased. An impressive 12.6%.”

In a similar experiment, the doctor revealed: “It wasn’t that the muscles got bigger, we found that our volunteers were able to activate more muscle fibers.”

Episode guest Dr. Helen O’Shea, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Dublin, explains that although motion pictures can help you become stronger, they won’t help your fitness levels.

“We need bodily movement to give us that sensory knowledge of the effects of our movements,” she said. “But once we have some physical experience, we can use motor imagery to really prime our motor systems.”

How motion pictures work

The doctor recommends visualizing doing the activity at the same pace and flow as if you were doing it physically.

You should try to feel the excitement and your body doing what you are trying to achieve, and this includes changing the weight, or other necessary parts of the exercise that you envision. You are trying to get as “a vivid and accurate picture” as possible.

“Ideally, if you can do this in situ, it will help you create a really vivid and accurate mental representation of that movement. It’s not absolutely necessary, but there is evidence to suggest that it helps.”

Source: Express

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