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No regeneration, no output
In an interview with "B", mental trainer Franz Mühlbauer talks about expended energy, how you can recapture it, and why you can't do that while just lying around. Conscious psychophysical regeneration is the key to physical/mental success and health – and not only for athletes.
Mr. Mühlbauer, why is regeneration so important?
The widespread notion that performance is important and regeneration is best achieved with a drink at the bar or during our ever-shorter sleep periods is mistaken. It’s time to abandon these antibiotic attitudes, which are hostile to both life and performance, and to replace them with understanding.
What kind of understanding?
Regeneration means regaining used energy – on all accessible levels of the organism. It has nothing to do with laziness or just passing the time.
Don’t people by nature seek quiet and recreation?
You would think so. But in my experience, many people believe that they’re high performance individuals and that they can stay that way without training their regeneration capability to the same degree. That would be as if you were to buy a car, fill up the tank once and then wonder why it stops running, a couple hundred kilometres down the road.
That sounds logical.
See? For a driver, the idea that a car could run forever without a refill is absurd.
What does that mean, in terms of life?
Everybody has to become his own regeneration trainer. If you do nothing to optimize and maintain your performance, you’ll soon notice that something fundamental is missing. But conscious psychophysical regeneration is the key to physical/mental success and health – and not only for athletes.
It sounds like regeneration is more important than anything else.
Don’t get me wrong: regeneration doesn’t replace training, and it doesn’t replace work. But it’s our second half, and if the second half is missing it’s only a question of time before your creative power is reduced and illnesses increase. The human organism reacts to this interaction of forces very sensitively. That’s why it’s so important to restore the balance.How can you make people aware that they have to assure a better balance?
How can you make people aware that they have to assure a better balance?
There are enough examples in nature that point to that necessity. Take breathing: why do we humans have no problem breathing?
You tell me!
Because hardly anybody would make the mistake of saying, “Okay, I like breathing in but I don’t like breathing out.” Breathing is perfectly balanced, and that shows that we’re dependent on the balance of opposites.
So how do I get back into balance?
We have developed a programme focusing on the locomotor system, the metabolic system, the nervous system and the brain. Every other system can be optimized according to the same principle.
If regeneration means balance, what deficits do we have, for example, in the locomotor system?
What’s missing are the respective opposite poles. Arbitrary action promotes imbalance. We can do power training for hours without worrying about mobility. But wherever there is great flexibility, there is usually a lack of power, and this causes problems. In the case of illness-induced absence from the job, it’s not only the ill person who’s affected; it also costs our economy a fortune.
And what about metabolism?
The important thing here is primarily the acid-alkaline balance. Collectively dominant over-acidification is a straight road to gout and rheumatism. It upsets our ability to concentrate and our mental presence. Regeneration of metabolism means a conscious move toward alkaline excess, in order to correct the imbalance.
In other words, everything depends on a healthy organism?
True regeneration always follows the fundamental principle of restoring something that’s missing. That’s how to abolish our imbalances, because that’s what really uses up energy. Performance optimization and psychophysical regeneration allow you to create “energy refuelling stations” in your everyday life that are only waiting to be tapped.