I am inspired by the Olympic athletes – their skill level, dedication, talent. I love watching them compete – the mental focus they have as well as their athletic abilities.

What’s really interesting to me, though, is the little promos we see when they’re training. We get to see a little snapshot here and there of what their training looks like.

Here’s one of the things that’s been learned and discovered through brain research. (Anat Baniel has identified this as one of her Nine Essentials of the Anat Baniel Method.) It’s that they do a lot of variation within their training process.

In other words, they don’t just stick with one activity and do that same activity over and over again in the same way. They do that particular activity and while they train, they do it slightly differently. They also do completely different activities to help supplement the very one they want to improve or compete with.

So if you’re thinking you can exercise and do the same exercises or routine over and over again, get great benefits, and keep upgrading or improving your skill level, you’re mistaken on this.

If you want to keep improving and have that greater fitness health, what you need to do is change it up. Slightly vary:

  • The timing of how you’re doing your activity or exercises
  • The actual movements
  • What you pay attention to. You can do this by shifting your awareness within yourself of how you’re doing what you’re doing.
  • By doing completely different movements, activities, or types of exercise

Doing these can help you reach that greater fitness level.

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