Mindset and Physical Strength
You don’t believe that simply changing the way you think can have a big impact on your life or your accomplishments? What about mindset and physical strength?
I admit it’s a somewhat abstract concept to think that just being more positive or more driven can attract good things to you, or that focusing more on the good in your life can make you happier, but, what about a demonstration to show just how powerful the mind is? What if the brain could make you considerably stronger, simply by changing the way you think?
Have You Ever Heard of Hysterical Strength?
Hysterical strength is a term used to describe historical examples of people tapping into incredible physical power. The most common story is of mothers who have managed to rescue their children from being trapped under cars or some other heavy object. In these scenarios, the mothers are able to call upon some kind of superhuman strength and manage to physically move the cars out of the way. How is this possible?
While it’s never been proven, there is actually a good scientific explanation for how it might work and some evidence to support it. We’re normally only capable of accessing around 30%-50% of our muscle fiber. When exercising or going about our normal routines, we can’t use 100% of our strength because we’d risk injuring our ligaments or exhausting ourselves. You can see the power of that 100% in action though when someone experiences an electrical shock – this causes the muscles to contract to their fullest extent which is enough to throw a person right across the room!
Under times of incredible stress or in life-and-death scenarios, it might just be that the brain is able to tap into those hidden depths. This would work because of the release of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and perhaps other neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine. Together, these could improve communication across the neuromuscular junction, to sort of “recruit” a greater number of muscle fibers…thus allowing an individual to access their ‘full’ strength.
Putting it into Action
In theory then, you could gain more strength simply by imagining your family trapped under a car. If you could really believe it, you might be able to access enough of your hidden strength to break your own records at the gym. But, there are easier ways to accomplish this according to research. Yelling at the top of your voice actually triggers a small stress response; studies have demonstrated this can be enough to allow you to gain a little more strength during lifts!
While this is good to know, I don’t expect your gym or your gym-mates would appreciate you experimenting with this interesting theory on mindset and physical strength.
Helping You Make Major Improvements in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant