Brain Produces Brawn! – David Hamilton, Ph.D

Did you know that our thoughts, attitudes and emotions switch on specific areas of our brains that allow our bodies to build the proteins and cells to create every aspect of our reality including better health, a more flexible body and stronger muscles?

David Hamilton, author of How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body, chats with us about the remarkable power of our minds:

Q: Can you give us one example where the mind makes real, physical change to our bodies?

A: I knew of a young sprinter who had to give up training for a whole season because he had to have an operation on his shoulder. He didn’t want to lose the strength in his muscles, so he went to the gym in his mind, doing lifts as if he were really there. Not only did he recover from his injury much faster than expected, but also he returned to training almost as fast and as strong as he had been before his operation.

Q: How does this work?

A: Just thinking about exercising certain muscles actually strengthens them because the area of the brain that governs the nerves in the muscles are stimulated. This sends a signal to the nerves in the muscles so that, to the brain and the muscles, as strange as it sounds, we are actually working out.

So if you don’t fancy going to the gym, just do a workout in your mind. Only thing is, you need to do the entire session. Not just a 5 minute whizz around in your mind, but do the actual workout – lift for lift, stride for stride.

Q. So how about when we imagine driving our dream car, getting that promotion or sipping a cocktail on the beaches of the Bahamas – how does visualisation work to make these reality?

A: The brain doesn’t distinguish between what’s real and imaginary. In other words, when you imagine something, to the brain it is really happening. As we repetitively imagine our goal, this causes enough changes in the wiring of the brain so that our thinking, what we say, and how we act, begins to change in the right ways to bring about what we are imagining.

Q. Can you share your top three brain tips?

A: 1. Meditate to stay young

Few people realise that meditation actually slows the aging process. A recent Harvard study showed that it even affects us at the genetic level, some of which counteracted damage to the body from free radicals and thus slowed the rate of aging. A simple way to meditate is to sit down and listen to the sound of your breathing for about 10 minutes a day.

2. Use your mind to help you recover from illness

When you are sick, mentally see yourself putting your hands inside your body and scooping the illness or disease out and then throwing it away. Or imagine you are a little person inside your body changing the diseased area to a perfectly healthy state, like you are cleaning it up. Do this several times a day. It has worked for thousands of people around the world.

3. Visualise what you would like to have in your life

Make a moving picture of you living your dream. Make it as real as possible, engaging as many of the five senses as you can. Who are you with? What emotions are you feeling? Is there a certain smell in the air? What are you wearing? Don’t hold back because you think you could never be what you want to be. Dream BIG!

How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body by David Hamilton is available at all bookstores. Learn more about David HERE.

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