Women’s health and fitness is top-of-mind this month since October is Breast Cancer awareness month. But too many busy women need help getting the most out of their fitness routine. Whether you are a full-time mom, working mom, or college student, one of the biggest challenges to becoming fit is finding the time in your busy life. The good news is that this challenge may not be as difficult as you may think.
Did you know that the fastest way to increase flexibility and build stronger muscles is to engage your brain intentionally during your fitness routine? And, you can actually increase your fitness just by doing your daily activities if you know how to engage your brain.
Our brain is what controls and organizes all of our movements. This is called "mapping" of the brain, which creates the various configurations and patterns of our movement.
One of the most powerful ways to facilitate and greatly accelerate brain “mapping” is to bring attention to what you feel as you move. You can reduce hours of mindless repetition of certain movements to just a few minutes of movement infused with your attention to what you feel as you move, and you can get much greater, fuller mapping of those areas of your body. In response, your muscles get stronger and become more toned, and your body will become more flexible, at least as much, if not more, than doing lengthy, repetitious movement.
Tip 1- Movement With Attention: The next time you do any kind of fitness regimen, slow down and pay close attention to what you feel as you move. Do this a number of times throughout your workout and you will begin feeling immediate changes that can translate into greater fitness, fewer injuries, and more vitality in a few weeks. Experience how your fitness will be enhanced in just a short time.
Tip 2 - Imagination: Think of the movements you do during your daily tasks -- such as carrying your groceries, taking your laundry downstairs, making the bed, pushing the stroller, walking to another office -- as great exercise, and bring attention to your movements from time to time throughout the day. Use the movements to wake up your brain and engage it with ways that increase your fitness with what you are already doing. By doing this, you can increase your flexibility, your strength, your general fitness level, and you will become more alert.
Tip 3 - Variation: Whenever you are doing your daily activities or participating in a fitness program, take a few minutes every so often and change things around. Go a little slower or faster, do it differently, move in a variety of ways. Be playful with the variation of your movements and your brain will thrive. This approach will wake up your brain to connect with your body and improve the quality of the organization of your movements. The better the organization of your movements, the more fit you will become. The outcome will yield better organization of your muscles, along with fewer injuries, and greater energy and vitality.
And moving will feel good! For a fitness routine designed for you personally, contact Answer is Fitness.
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