above-the-neck

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Angelya

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Chinese
Hi, all! Have you ever heard of the expression "above-the-neck"? I'm not sure it is in its literal meaning in the following sentence: "Working out has above-the-neck benefits". It is followed by the brain and mental benefits of a workout. What is your understanding? I should be most grateful to know yours.
 
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  • Barque

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    Tamil
    I can understand it. The head is probably the only part of the body with muscles that aren't deliberately exercised during a workout, so "above-the-neck" benefits refer to mental benefits.

    Cross-posted.
     
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    kentix

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    English - U.S.
    I agree with Barque. It's a cute way to talk about mental benefits. Exercise basically affects muscles below the neck.

    There is a joke that people say when they think someone is crazy. They'll say that person needs:

    A checkup from the neck up.

    (A checkup is a short way to say a physical examination by a doctor.)
     
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