The dictionary definition of the word visualization is “the act of visualizing something or someone” or “forming a picture of it in your mind”. When you visualize how you want a particular aspect of your life to look in the future through bright, colorful, and vivid images, your subconscious mind receives that information like it’s happening right now.
So when you visualize yourself acquiring a new car or perhaps going on an exotic trip, your subconscious mind records these mental pictures as real and valid. The subconscious mind is designed to ensure that the mental and physical images stored in its database agree with each other, so what it does is matches your outer reality with the new mental reality. This natural brain process makes visualization capable of helping you achieve your goals and desires effectively if you apply or use it in the right way.
Most of the successful people on this planet have used visualization as a tool and succeeded in their life. So how exactly can we incorporate this into our daily workout routines?
“…It is now a well-known fact that we stimulate the same brain regions when we visualize something and when we actually do it.”
Studies show that imagining to move certain parts of your body trains the muscles almost the same way as when doing the actual movement. This is because we stimulate the same brain regions when we visualize the action and when we actually perform that same action. So when you imagine yourself flexing a muscle, it stimulates the same part of the brain that is activated when you actually flex a muscle, which in turn, helps you achieve the physical strength that you need to perform the task. Of course, you still need to do the real-life action in conjunction with the visualization exercise to attain your desired results. Visualization will simply help you stick to your goal and increase your chances of achieving it.
When it comes to physical exercise, start by imagining what you want. What you want will not come immediately, but utilizing the power of visualization is one good way of getting the process started quickly.
For a better understanding of how you can grow stronger just by visualizing yourself doing a particular movement, check out this video: