Exercise // Thinker: 3 Practical Tips to (re)Start Exercising Better Than Ever (Tip 1)
Updated: Dec 15, 2022
I thought I'd share a bit of candy in the next few posts, hence the clickbait-ish title (it's okay to use clickbait as a means to a positive end, right?).
Here is the first of three tips to help you start or restart exercising on a positive path. All of them delay gratification; all of them will help you get the most out of your investments of time, effort and mental energy from your exercise.
Tip 1: Spend Time Practicing Exercises Before "Doing" Them
Not too much time - just enough to enable your body to see the point of the exercise.
Before making any exercise what you believe to be effortful enough to cause a positive change in your body, practice the movement slowly and with little load. Familiarize your self with both the "what" and the "how" of the exercise; feel it in your muscles, joints and breathing. Then, nudge things forward.
This bit of time (one set, one session, one appropriate increment for you) will render huge returns as your progress while preventing injuries, strains and other pesky halts to your progress.
Spoiler alert: it will also cause a positive change in your body, whether you "believe" it or not.