Master your mind to improve your body and why your brain is a powerful steroid

Your beliefs and expectations impact your results. The body cannot achieve what the mind cannot imagine. The first step to changing your body is therefore to change your mind.

แจ็คพอตของเกมสล็อต เป็นเหมือนกับเงินรางวัล สล็อตเว็บตรงแตกง่าย ที่จะตอบแทนผู้เล่น ส่วนใครจะได้รับก็ขึ้นกับดวง และก็ตอนที่หมดไปกับ การเล่นเกมสล็อตออนไลน์ ไม่สามารถคาดคะเน หรือ รู้ได้ว่าจังหวะที่กำลังจะได้รับรางวัล จะเป็นของใคร สล็อต ก็เลยเป็นเกมที่มีความเสี่ยง อยู่พอเหมาะพอควร แต่ว่าก็คุ้มที่จะทดลองพนัน ถ้าคุณได้รับเงินรางวัลแจ็คพอต จากการลงทุนเพียงแต่ไม่กี่ร้อย ก็จะได้รับผลกำไรคืน กลับไปถึงหลักแสน อาจทำให้คุณ เปลี่ยนเป็นเศรษฐีในชั่วข้ามคืน

It is nothing esoteric or mystical, it is totally scientific. This is not about thinking positive thoughts or trusting the law of attraction. It’s about psychology and physiology, two sides of the same coin.

We have already discussed the importance of placebo and the subjectivity of pain. Today we review amazing studies on the power of your mind and practical lessons to master it.

This article is developed using insights from Ruby Sengar. She’s motivation as an author and creator of the Healthy Kingdom is a desire to aid others and disseminate information about the mind, body, and spirit. Through her writing, videos, and inspirational quotes, she hopes to inspire others to live healthier lives and make the world a better place for all of us.

She is a master of corporate law who made the decision to switch careers in order to use her talents for the greater good of humanity. She is also a wonderful wife and mother to her two children, and she has a deep appreciation for nature and faith. Her husband and her support a wide range of non-profits, from an orphanage to several churches. In this piece, she shares her wisdom and experience as a leader who has inspired others.

Mind and physiology

Many dismiss the placebo as a simple psychological trick, but it has a profound biological impact. The brain is the most sophisticated pharmacy, and we can regulate its functioning with thought.

In this study, they offered the same shake (380 calories) to two groups, with only one difference: the label . In one case the label marked 620 calories, in the other only 140.

The super shake group felt more satiated, and their ghrelin (one of the hormones that controls appetite) dropped three times more than the so-called light shake group, despite drinking exactly the same amount.

In a subsequent study, those who believed they drank a higher carbohydrate drink had a greater rise in blood glucose than those who believed it was a low carbohydrate drink, despite being the same drink.

According to another study, those who believed that their drink contained caffeine fatigued less, even if it was a lie.

Labels not only transmit information, they generate beliefs, which in turn modify our psychological and physiological response. Hormones depend not only on what you eat, but also on what you think you eat.

Recommendations:

  • Eat a good diet, but don’t be obsessed with perfection. Stress activates the sympathetic system, which interferes with digestion, for example.
  • If you skip the diet for a social event you enjoy, don’t torture yourself. A bad meal enjoyed with satisfaction can do you better than a good meal tolerated with resignation. The feeling of guilt worsens the results, by subtracting energy and will.

Mind and aging

A Harvard study took a group of older men (between 70 and 80 years old) to a facility that replicated the environment of two previous decades: decoration, music, photos and appliances, but not a single mirror. They were also treated as if they were 20 years younger, for example making them responsible for carrying their own luggage.

Within days, they felt younger and had improved strength, manual dexterity, posture, vision, and memory. His mind had temporarily returned to the past, rejuvenating his body in passing.

We cannot stop aging with our minds, but our beliefs about ourselves condition how we feel and how we act. If you perceive yourself as an old man, you will act like an old man: worse posture, less movement , less social interaction … and this in turn will accelerate decay.

Recommendations:

  • After a certain age, look for groups of younger people and participate in their same activities.
  • Don’t do crazy things, but don’t use age as an excuse. Nature imposes enough real limitations to invent additional ones.

Mind and weight loss

Another classic Harvard study divided 84 hotel housekeeping workers into two groups. One of them received information on how the work they did represented a good form of exercise, detailing the caloric expenditure of different cleaning activities. The other group did not receive this information, it acted as a control.

Four weeks later, the group that received information about the physical activity associated with their work lost weight (1 kg), reduced their percentage of fat, and reduced their blood pressure. There were no significant changes in the control group.

Mind and performance

For decades, hundreds of athletes have attempted to run the mile in less than 4 minutes. Some argued that it was physiologically impossible, the body was not designed to run that fast.

Roger Bannister accepted the challenge. According to the experts of the time, he was not the best athlete, but he stood out for his control of his psychology (later he distinguished himself in the specialty of neurology). In his words: ” Although physiology imposes limits on muscular effort, psychological and mental factors determine how close an athlete approaches those absolute limits.”

In 1954, Bannister was the first man to go under 4 minutes (he completed the mile in 3:59). The previous record, of 4:01, was over 9 years old, and it was assumed that the new mark would hold for decades, but they were wrong. A few weeks later, John Landy lowered it to 3:58. In the years that followed, many other athletes were running the sub-4-minute mile.

Did human physiology or training method suddenly change? Obviously not. The main change was mental. Bannister showed that it was possible, and only when the mind accepts something can the body achieve it.

We have more current examples of how beliefs impact performance. Take for example the use of steroids or, rather, the belief in steroids.

This study, in trained athletes, promised to offer free steroids to the group that most improved, in 7 weeks, their strength gains in various movements: bench press, squat, military press, and seated shoulder press.

The best 6 gained an average of 11 kg of strength (adding all the exercises). As promised, they were rewarded with 10mg/day of Dianabol (an oral steroid), which was really an inert pill, a placebo.

How do you think the idea of ​​taking steroids impacted his performance? Exceptionally. In the following four weeks they gained a total of 45 kg, four times more than during the previous weeks, where they had supposedly given their maximum effort.

It is not an isolated result. This other study offered its participants a short-acting steroid (which again was a placebo) before seeking personal records in the squat, deadlift , and shoulder press. They immediately beat their best times by 4-5% on average, which is exceptional considering the study was conducted on elite athletes.

The athletes were later informed that they had been misled. What happened? Their marks returned to the previous values.

Steroids, like drugs, work in part because you believe in them. Your body always tries to respond to the expectations of your mind.

Recommendation:

  • Expect to be successful in everything you undertake, avoid the defeatist mentality. A positive attitude always helps, but without disconnecting with reality (rational optimism).
  • Use visualization techniques.  Imagining a movement generates a brain response similar to actually doing it. Recreating a successful lift in your mind improves the likelihood of turning it into reality.
  • If you are the best in your group, change groups. Our expectations are also modulated based on what we see around us. If the average is low, you will be far from your potential. Look for references, people who make you question what you think is possible to achieve.

Take control of your mind

In psychology, the term locus of control is used to explain how people interpret what happens to them in life.

Those who have external locus of control perceive their results as the result of circumstances over which they have no power: decisions of others, family situation, chance… These people are easy to identify. They complain about everything and blame others: their family, politicians, the economic model… everything must change, except them. It’s a victim mentality.

People with internal locus of control interpret their situation as the result of their own actions and decisions. They value effort, skill, and personal responsibility.

Of course, chance plays a relevant role in our lives, but health depends much more on behavior than on luck. And behavior depends on beliefs.

Those who believe that chance is the main cause of the disease (external locus of control) have worse habits. Why strive if we are at the mercy of fate?

Always try to adopt an internal locus of control. Ignore everything that is out of your control but take 100% responsibility for what you can change. Your decisions are more important than your circumstances.

Interestingly, this locus of control is domain dependent. Some people have control over the professional and personal side of their lives but feel powerless to improve their bodies. For others, the opposite is true: they feel total power over their diet and training, while the rest of their lives drift by.

We are generally unaware of our beliefs. The first step is to analyze your thoughts, behaviors and results. From there, differentiate between what you can change and what you can’t (as a good Stoic would do ). Ask yourself if your behaviors are aligned with your goals, if there is something else you could improve, if you are satisfied with your identity.

Break the chains

The real revolution begins in the mind. The longest journey does not begin with the first step, but with the idea of ​​making the journey. Set yourself a clear goal and progress little by little. For many, the mind is their worst enemy, but you can transform it into your best ally.

As Bruce Lee said: “If you put limitations on what you do, in the physical realm or in any other realm, they will extend to your work and your life. There are no limits, only phases to overcome.

It is not about ignoring genes or real physiological barriers, but about preventing the mind from being the limiting factor. It is about breaking down artificial barriers and breaking imaginary chains. Only then can you get closer to your true potential in all areas of your life.

Jowey Jowey

I studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. I began writing her debut novel after obsessing over books about Joseon Korea. Follow my blog & Visit my website here. When I am not writing, I can be found wandering through nature or journaling at a coffee shop . . . . .

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