Proper form is very important in everything you do for fitness. Less rigorous programs done well, are far better than something more challenging where form is lost.
- Kwanza Jones
The video above shows some scrumptious exercises (delicious apples + core workouts, always = scrumptious exercises), as well as how NOT to do them.
Being all gung-ho, wide-eyed, and bushy-tailed is awesome when it comes to exercise. That’s far better than being all Mehhh about something to be sure. Doing is better than talking Blah Zey Blah nonsense. It’s much easier to get stuff done when you’re a foaming-at-the-mouth animal about it, because motivation is half the battle. Buuuut, there is such a thing called “way too much.” There is a downside to being too eager. Overtraining is real. And there are even signs that your body gives you, which let you know to calm the fudge down.
Have you been getting sick all the time? Do you have insatiable thirst? Do you feel fatigued and sore all the time? These are are just some of the many signs of overworking yourself. Here are some more. Ultimately, don’t let obsession take over and ruin a quality workout time. Remember, you are not your body; you are the one in charge of your body. You are not your brain; you are the one in charge of your brain.
In other words,
Yes, most women want that perfectly perky booty, and many men want those impressively powerful-looking pecs, but if you’re only working out one specific area on your body, the rest of your body eventually suffers. Exercising is about balance, not about what you can see in the mirror.
We live in an advertising-dominated world, which constantly feeds us messages that we’re inadequate in very hyper-specific, crazy ways, and because of that, many of us attempt to “fix” ourselves in hyper-specific, crazy ways too. If you train your pecs, for instance, you gotta train your back. If you’re training your booty, don’t forget about the rest of your body!
In other words, spinach is great, but lay off all those forearm workouts for a bit, Popeye:
Oh silly goose. You can’t function on 1 hour of sleep AND think you’re gonna have a great workout – or a great rest of the day for that matter. Trust us, most of us need around 7 hours of sleep. Some of us only 5 or 6ish. Some of us 9ish. And there are a few half-robotic nocturnal animals out there who somehow get by with little to no sleep, but the consensus is pretty clear. Ya need it. Well, everyone and everything does to dance through life happily and fully refreshed.
Even cute little puppies like this little thing need sleep (we literally want to bite him because he’s so darn cute):
I should look like The Rock. I should look like Scarlett Johansson. I should be exactly .25 pounds lighter. I should be exactly .25 pounds bigger. I should be better at this move, but I’m not. I should be able to move it like Michael, but I can’t just yet…
The thing is, this notion of “should,” especially when it comes to exercise – and especially SUPERCHARGED dance cardio – is a big ol’ fat lie. We are exactly where we should be, and from that point we grow forward. From that point – the point of where we are this perfect, present moment – we expand into greater levels of health, from a place of gratitude – not inadequacy.
What exercise pitfalls have YOU fallen into before? Share it with us in the comments section below.
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