Thinking is a relative term but research shows that doing imaginary exercise actually strengthens real muscles.
A team of 30 healthy young adults imagined either using the muscle of their little finger or of their elbow flexor. Compared to a control group ? that did no imaginary exercises and showed no strength gains ? the little-finger group increased their pinky muscle strength by 35%. The other group increased elbow strength by 13.4%.
It is easier than actually doing curls next to the crying baby in the back of an airplane to Hong Kong. Combined with 20 second abs you can become the next governor of California in trans-Atlantic flight.