The brain is like a muscle; the more you work it out, the stronger it gets.
Every single person knows that going to the gym and lifting weights will make you stronger. The muscle grows when a person continually stresses the muscle with high levels of resistance or weight. Muscle hypertrophy (growth) occurs when the fibers of the muscle repair after being broken. The body repairs the damaged fibers by fusing the muscle fibers to form a new muscle protein called (myofibrils).
However, people build muscle at different rates depending on their physical form, consistency, and recovery. It takes several weeks to see a physical appearance change because the muscle doesn’t grow immediately after a training session. It takes weeks of regular strength training and a healthy lifestyle for the body to change. Moreover, one can implement strength training in many ways, for example, lifting free weights, using machines/resistance bands, or solely bodyweight.
Strength training is beneficial for everyone, no matter age, profession, earlier experience, or goals. Strength training (muscle growth or maintenance) and balanced nutrition are the keys to a healthy and sound life. Cardio is crucial for muscle growth function and helps reduce the risk of injury. Different sports have different requirements for cardio and strength, but they are necessary every single season. Ultimately, as important as hard work might be, recovery and rest are equally significant for the muscle to grow. By letting the muscle rest/sleep, it has time to repair.
Treat the brain like a muscle
You might wonder why I’ve spent half of this blog post writing how muscle growth occurs. Well, that’s because it’s a great comparison to how the mind grows. The brain is like a muscle; it needs to be challenged, fueled, and recovered to thrive. Let me explain.
Every person knows that working on your mental game will make you mentally stronger. The brain will develop strategies and learn how to protect itself when it feels attacked or when there is too much pressure at once. The brain grows after events like important games/matches, tough decisions, and successful results. However, that is only after failing and learning from mistakes. The brain repairs itself with the help of a healthy lifestyle.
Like athletes build muscles at different rates, athletes also build mental toughness at different rates depending on their earlier experiences/career, consistency, and recovery. It takes more than one week for the brain to become mentally tough, and it won’t be visible on the court/field/pool until the athlete has found their way. This brings me to my next point. There are various ways to get mentally tough; for example, reading a book, writing down S.M.A.R.T goals/strategies, listening to podcasts, doing exercises, and freeing the mind from everything.
Yet mental training is beneficial for everyone, no matter age, profession, earlier experience, or goals. Mental training and balanced nutrition are the keys to a healthy and sound life even after their professional careers. Mental training is proven to reduce the risk of injury. Ultimately, as important as hard work might be, recovery and rest are equally significant for the brain to grow. By letting the brain rest/sleep, it has time to repair.
Until next week, start making a plan for when you’re going to train your brain, or reach out to me, and let me help you set up a system.