And now a little something for those of you who just hate the idea of exercise. While this DOES NOT imply that channel surfing builds balance, strength or coordination, it’s an amazing confirmation of what the FM has been saying all along — When you think about an action, you actually elicit a muscular response.
Regular mental imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization, researchers have found. Strength is controlled by a number of factors — the most studied by far is skeletal muscle. However, the nervous system is also an important, though not fully understood, determinant of strength and weakness. In this study, researchers set out to test how the brain’s cortex plays into strength development.
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