Importance of Focus During Exercise
Distraction during our workouts can have serious consequences. It can prevent us from getting results, cause injuries and can also lead to frustration.
We all want to get fit, look trim and sexy, and enjoy our lives to the fullest. But despite all our efforts and good intentions, many can’t seem to get the desired results. Could our attempts at fitness be elaborate half-hearted measures?
It’s hard enough to get your butt off your cuddly couch to the sweaty and overcrowded atmosphere of the gym, but nothing can be as frustrating as failing to see any results after all those painful bench presses and excruciating squats? Most of the time, there is nothing wrong with your workout routine. The problem is usually from you. Without focus, nothing in life is attainable. And this applies to your workouts as well.
Lack of focus robs you of the pleasure of doing an activity and can increase stress. It’s essential to focus whenever you are working out to get the best out of your efforts.
While it is true that listening to your favorite playlist or watching your top TV show while on the treadmill can be fun and even motivating, but too much distraction can also do major damage to your workouts.
Staying in the moment helps you concentrate on your body and the amazing transformation it is going through. You can feel your strength coursing through your muscles and relish the thoughts of who you are becoming.
Here are some of the benefits of staying focused during your workouts
Proper Form and Neuromuscular Activity
In an exercise, there is nothing more important than training with proper form. This is especially crucial at the earlier stages of the workout program. An exercise is a form of repetitive activities which is intended to become ingrained in your brain. You are training your body to do a series of movements in a specific pattern to achieve a specific aim. You need to be contracting the specific muscle groups to achieve your desired ends.
However, it’s hard to execute a workout with the correct form if you are distracted. And this is dangerous for many reasons. Whether you are trying to lose weight or gain weight, you are going to need to work your muscles. But you can’t amass muscles if you are not targeting the right muscle groups correctly. In addition to physical activity, muscles require neuromuscular activity to grow. When you exert your muscles, it stimulates certain neurons which promote the growth and formation of new tissue, without which success will be marginal.
Proper form helps to train for balance, stability, and structure. If you get this right, you are on your way to getting the most out of your fitness grind.
But it is hard to focus if you are constantly fidgety, stressed, anxious, or absentminded. There is no alternative to proper form when exercising if you want to build muscles, lose weight, or increase your overall fitness. Start practicing mindfulness in your workouts today and you will notice the huge difference in your results.
With focus and proper form, you can reduce injuries and several body deformities that could result from training with the wrong technique in the future.
Weight lifting is notorious for causing some of the most severe gym injuries, and you could suffer life-threatening disabilities when you are distracted while lifting. You could tear your muscles, fractured bones, or suffer from chronic back pain, disk problems, spinal issues, and neck aches in years to come. All these are avoidable if you focus on perfecting your form and refining your technique at the initial stages of your workout program.
When you focus on your workout, you can improve your moves and target the right muscles, and this can improve your performance and results.
Focusing on your workout can help you get more satisfaction after your session. You know you didn’t pass the time at the gym, but you actually put in the right effort in the right places. What more can you ask for?
It’s imperative to practice mindfulness during workouts and in every other aspect of your life. It’s important to have clear goals for each workout session and always to keep the purpose of the exercise in mind. If your mind is crowded, try to slow down, breathe, and bring yourself back to the present. It takes conscious effort to focus, but the benefits are in multiples.
4 Extra Tips
- Check Your Ego At The Door!One of the most common reasons why people fail to develop a proper Mind-Muscle Connection is because they are obsessed with pushing more and more weight. Forget about how much weight you’re pushing, concentrate instead on the quality of each repetition.
- Warm Up Sets!Try doing a few warm-up sets (high reps of 15-20) with a very low weight. Close your eyes and concentrate on your target muscles. Concentrate on “squeezing” the weight and pause for a moment at the point of maximum contraction. If you’re worried about wasting energy before your working sets, try this on an off day.
- Perform The Exercise Respecting the indicated TUT Time Under Tension! You will probably want to use a lighter weight than normal for this. Take 4 or 5 seconds for each of the concentric and eccentric parts of the repetition. Again it helps to pause for a moment at the point of max contraction.
- Flex Your Target Muscles In Between Sets! This forces additional blood into your muscles, pumping them up further. You are more aware of your muscles when they’re fully pumped, which makes it easier to mentally isolate them.
And most of all, have fun and enjoy working out!
written by Riccardo Alessandro Migliorini