Health improvement can mean many things to people. For many it is centered around wellness, whether it’s for a better physical body, mental body, whether it incorporates diet or stress management. The larger pictures is about staying healthy and always striving to live a healthier life.
Fitness and exercise should be on the top of everyone’s list of health improvement. Performing daily exercises and maintaining an active lifestyle is key to enjoying good health. Developing functional movement habits is essential to keep you muscles strong, safe, and injury-free while striving to achieve added strength, flexibility, and overall fitness.
The only aspect of fitness you should be aware of is the “tuning-out” during your workouts. Headphones, TV, Kindles, and I Pads are frequently used while working out. And you should be tuning in to what your body is doing. The body will do the work out on auto-pilot because you are too busy singing along with your favorite tune to give yourself clear instructions and pay attention to be sure they are being executed correctly. To really get maximum benefits from your workouts, tune-in. Start with the mind/ body workouts such as yoga and pilates. Then challenge yourself to tune in during strength training/ plyometric workouts. And if you really want a challenge tune in while doing cardio.
It takes brain-power to tell the body what to do and how to move well. This is the art of “tuning-in” You can get faster, better results if you are aware of what you’re body is doing. You will also have the chance while you’re working out to evaluate whether you are doing things right or not, which can help decrease your risk of injury and develop more efficient functional movements for improved health.
This attention to detail one of the primary reasons that Pilates and other mind-body workout programs are so beneficial. Having to focus on what you are doing every single second of your workout, you will become more aware of how things feel, what muscles are really working (or aren’t working), how easy or difficult the challenges are, and can really be conscious of your body’s posture while moving. And what about paying attention to your breath? There are so many details to pay attention to.
If you’ve been exercising regularly and aren’t getting the results you want from your fitness program, first re-evaluate your goals and action plan. Then check in with your exercise routine, and “tune-in” to what you’re doing during your workouts. You might also find it helpful to work with a certified STOTT pilates instructor to help you identify things that can be fine-tuned to improve your posture, body alignment and exercise technique for maximum benefits from your fitness program.