While you might know that you need to exercise your body, did you know that it is also important to exercise your mind?
Neuro-training develops motor neuron pathways that enhance an individual's brain-body coordination during movements. The "neural adaptations'' an individual undergoes in training refers to the brain's ability to recruit muscles to contract and produce a particular movement.
WHAT DOES NEURO-TRAINING LOOK LIKE?
Practicing an exercise with resistance teaches an individual's brain to work the correct muscles to achieve a desired motion. Over time, the individual's technique for the exercise becomes ingrained and the movement becomes more automatic. This can also be referred to as mind-muscle connection, which is a great way to enhance your muscle gains! If you want to dig deeper and improve your overall neurological pathways, try doing exercises that challenge how your body feels in space. Yoga is a great example since it incorporates breathing, seeing, balance, and being “present” in the moment. All these practices add up to improve your body’s way of connecting mind to muscle!
HOW DOES NEURO-TRAINING WORK?
Fatigue itself is complex, but it has many components, one of which is mental fatigue. By doing neuro-training you are becoming more resistant to mental fatigue and this will improve this factor in performance. Neuro-training can be standalone or done around physical training depending on the goals of the neuro-training and physical training. Throughout each movement actively think about engaging the working muscle in a specific movement. Move slowly through each rep and allow yourself to focus on that muscle.
WHAT DOES NEURO-TRAINING DO FOR YOUR BODY?
Neuro-training will ultimately help you improve cognitive function, concentration, and long-term memory, alleviates stress/anxiety, and allows more muscle activation. This reflects back to everyday life and performance of course, especially with more mentally fatiguing activities/movements. It has also been shown to create faster response times for anyone that plays sports, athletes or any fast-twitch movements.
WHY IS NEURO-TRAINING NECESSARY?
When preparing for a race, a runner will spend so much time training and preparing for the big day, that it would be a waste to completely forgo one aspect of their training. You wouldn’t skip running workouts for marathon training, so why skip neuro-training when it comes to your gym performance? Practicing a new and challenging activity is a good way for building and maintaining cognitive skills. Not only will you feel the physical transformation but you will also feel the mental changes! Don’t hesitate to start your neuro-training and unlock the benefits of improved mental performance!