In the News (DailyMail): “A new research study suggests that just thinking of exercising can have the same effects as actually hitting the gym, officials say.
“A recent study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology found that simply imagining exercise can tone muscle, delay atrophy, and even make your muscles stronger.
“Researchers at Ohio University, according to the Breitbart News Network, conducted an experiment using two sets of ‘healthy individuals.’
“The researchers wrapped the wrists of one of the sets in a cast and gave them instructions to sit still for 11 minutes, five days a week, for four weeks, and ‘perform mental imagery of strong muscle contractions,’ – or, imagine exercising.
“The other set were not given any instruction.
“The results illustrated that the body and mind are more intertwined than we thought.
“At the end of the four weeks, the participants who engaged in the ‘mental exercise’ were twice as strong as those who didn’t, Breitbart reports.
“Additionally, those participants had a stronger brain because the exercises created stronger neuromuscular pathways.
“Scientists have long known the connections between the brain’s cortex and its ability to control and coordinate muscle movement, according to Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“However, the University’s study is the first to prove that the imagery can delay or stop muscle atrophy.”
My Comment: Gradually, we discover the increasingly greater influence of thought, imagination, and intention on the world, until we realize that only thought affects the world and that actions are only to supplement ideas.