Women's Health

The Mind-Muscle Link

For many, a yoga class is the first time the mind-body connection (matching breath to movements, thinking about each muscle as it stretches or squeezes) is a major component of their workout. But the same concept can—and should—be applied to all exercise.

“The ability to focus on your muscles as you work out can actually help produce more growth and strength,” says physiologist and trainer Dean Somerset, CSCS. And being mindful of how you move has positive impacts on your brain too.

While some people are born with a better mind-body sense (e.g.,!

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