A paper that appeared in the Journal of Neurophysiology said that just thinking about working out can make your muscles stronger. To reach this conclusion, researchers carried out a study in two groups.
One group had their wrists wrapped in a cast that kept their muscles immobilized for four weeks. They told the group to sit still and imagine exercising for 11 minutes—five days a week—and to imagine flexing their arm muscles as intensely as they could; the other group of participants was not given any specific instructions.
The team found that participants that performed the imaginary exercise were found to have stronger neuromuscular pathways than those who did not, resulting in stronger muscles.
In short, if ripped muscles and a great physique are what you’re after, then it is the thought that counts. We bet your prospects of having a toned body just got better.