Listening to your body is super important and can change how effective your exercises are DRAMATICALLY.
A lot of people just do the motion of an exercise without thinking about what their body is doing during it. This changes the more they become aware of themselves in their fitness journey.
Yoga was where I really started listening to my body, Meditation also was a big key thing that helped me really learn my own body. Where my pains and aches are coming from, even why they are happening! Once you start listening, being more aware, you can really start feeling connected with who you are.
Sorry if I am starting to sound a little spiritual, in a lot of ways its hard to explain “listening to your body” without sounding religious or spiritual. I am not saying that you need to be like the monks you see on top of mountains meditating under water falls or something.
What I am really saying? Plug yourself back into you’re body. By turning everything else around you off. Even just for a few moments. Turn off that cell phone, tv, music, computer, just turn it all off for a moment and listen. Hear that? Its you’re breathe! Think about the air coming in, you’re lungs filling up, and then the air leaving. This is how listening to your body starts.
Once you start focusing more on your breathe start focusing more on the rest of the body. Listen to it as its moving around. Think about why it’s doing what its doing. What muscles are firing when its working, how is it doing what its doing, why do you have pain where you have pain? Listen.
When you are doing cardio, focus on that breath, if you are focused and listening. You can tell when your body is starting to need more oxygen as your pace increases. When you notice that change in your breathe? That is when you are working hard!
I am always asking myself “is this the perfect way” while I walk, while performing an exercise or even as I’m writing this on my laptop on my chair! Do you just do the motion or just let you’re body go in auto pilot?
Always listening to my body, always asking myself how to do it better. The more you listen the more you learn, the better you get. Want to correct your posture? focus on correcting it every time you notice it, work on being mindful about your body and you will correct it more and more!
This is a major step in fitness, in learning the exercises in the gym. This doesn’t matter what style you like, bodybuilding, cross fit, yoga, whatever it is, they all will improve once you master how to listen to your body.
Take a moment right now, close your eyes. Listen to your breathing. This is step one, practice it. You may be surprised on how far it takes you!
As always thank you for reading my blog, I hope you enjoyed it. I hope it helps you.
– Mark Zarvie