One of the most amazing things when it comes to physical training is this – that people often time overlook the MOST important muscle to train …
I’m not talking your legs and back – or forearms – or core. All of that is nigh important, but without the right mental attitude (as I’ve been discussing over the past couple of days), you’re not really going to GET anywhere.
It really, really all starts in the mind, my friend.
The most important muscle is the one up there in your noggin – the BRAIN – and why do I bring this up?
Well, the problem with “modern day” training is that very little, if any, attention is paid to health from the inside out – or feeling good – or actually training the BRAIN to focus better on your goals etc when training.
Modern day training is all about “push vs pull”.
Yeah. Whoopity doo. So you lie down on a bench, grunt out a few reps on the bench, rest, check the smartphone, pump and preen for the bros (or perhaps babes) – and then you perform a “counter” movement on the lat pulldown.
Now don’t get me wrong – if that is what you want to do – go for it, but really, how much skill does it take to actually do this?
May take STRENGTH – but what about skill – flexibility – coordination – proper hand/feet movements etc?
This morning I saw a man out there on the mountain doing something I haven’t seen before.
‘Twas that long, imposing flight of stairs – the same one I’ve posted pictures galore of on Instagram and Facebook, but he wasn’t just climbing it.
He was walking down the stairs – but get this – in REVERSE.
Yes, that’s right.
Long, steep hill. Hot, hot day. He was exhausted after his climb. And yet, he was walking backwards down the hill – down STEPS at that!
If that sounds simple, I have this to say – TRY it – especially at the end of a workout. You’d better make sure you’ve got training partners around as well, haha – wouldn’t want you to take a nasty bump or something!
I’ve spoken about the benefits of reverse training before, of course. Reverse training is something I cover galore in Eat More – Weigh Less, and it is, along with the nature of the movements mentioned therein – one of the main reasons fat flies off so quickly when you start working on the exercises.
More to the point (of this email) though, this sort of activity builds synapses in the brain – and has been PROVEN to increase brain activity manifold. I’m not going to post the research here (a bit stymied for time at this point), however, a quick Google around will reveal the benefits of backward walking etc.
And if you’re not brave enough to walk backwards down stairs – well – try handstands.
Try Hindu push-ups.
Try ANYTHING that requires more co-ordination and motor – and BRAIN – skills than parking your arse on the seat of a machine and grunting out the reps, my friend.
And then get back to me in terms of how the activity challenged you – overall.
Case and point, I believe – and I’ll sign off on that note now!
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