Do It Right | The Importance of Proper Execution
It is often said that how you do one thing, is how you do everything. This is especially true when it comes to talking about exercising and getting yourself in good shape. The better you can become at exercising, the better you'll be able to become in other areas of life as well.
Execution can be defined as "The carrying out or putting into effect of a plan, order, or course of action." In this case, the course of action I'm referring to is exercise.
Exercise could be anything that involves you moving your body or being active. Running, kickboxing, boxing, yoga, Zumba, sprints, cycling, you name it. Anything that requires you to exert yourself physically is what I'm referring to in this blog post.
Execution is absolutely key. I cannot stress this enough, I really can't. This is one of the fundamentals of fitness. And I'm amazed that so many people overlook this one very important principle.
As humans, we must be careful not to go through movements like robots, because after all we are humans and we should act like it. Running on autopilot should be reserved for machines, and yet it's one thing that I see happening very often. People go through their entire days (or worse yet, their workouts) mindlessly, not paying attention to what they're doing.
That is a big problem. In order for us to get great results, we have to be actively engaged in each and every exercise that we perform.
So why is good execution one of the few pillars that makes up fitness?
The first reason to focus on proper execution is that it teaches your body how to move more efficiently. That will in turn allow you to exercise more comfortably. Striving to improve your form will teach your body the best way to perform any movement you might be engaged in.
Focusing on executing well will also help you to avoid injuries. This is something that is super important. Often times bodily injuries and pains (like lower back pain and knee pain) stem from wrong or improper form. Executing these exercises correctly will help your body to avoid those injuries, which I can't imagine anyone wouldn't want to do.
To add to the first point that I made about learning how to use your body more efficiently, one thing you'll realize is that the more often you can perform a movement well, the more your body will learn, and the faster you'll be able to progress.
We humans are creatures of habit. The more you do, the more you ingrain, and the sooner it becomes second nature to you.
So when should you focus on good execution? Any movement, PERIOD.
If you are someone who practices yoga or some other type of stretching routine, one good tip for executing well is to really focus on how well you can stretch each body part or perform each yoga pose.
In my opinion, one of the most important areas in which you really need to make sure your form is correct is weightlifting. Lifting weights with bad form is an injury or two waiting to happen. Two things that you want to focus on when weightlifting is controlling the weight throughout the entire range of motion and getting really good muscular contractions. This requires that you choose a weight that is neither too heavy or too light.
When it comes to running and/or cycling, one thing that really helps to improve your form is to focus on rhythm. Getting into the right rhythm when running or cycling will allow you to move more efficiently and therefore be able to go for a longer time and burn more calories.
This principle of proper execution can also be applied to the field of martial arts as well. Just think of the way strikes are thrown. Focus on efficiently and effectively throwing each strike in order to get the most out of your martial arts training.
Become an expert in the type of training you perform. Don't half-ass.
Once you've learned how to execute a movement well, all you need to do is increase the intensity, and then start over again. Brandon Burchard says "believe in your ability to figure things out. If you do, you're seeking the next level. If you don't, you're settling." And that's what progress is all about.
Of course you can't achieve good execution without first being aware. I talk about that in the next blog post.
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Watch the video on this topic here.