“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

 “Repetition is the Mother of Learning.” -Latin Proverb

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” -Vince Lombardi

A Short Story

I didn’t realize how much our body and minds remember until I played a workout DVD I had not done in months.  Some times, I Work out to a 25 minute workout video in my office. I have done this workout probably 150+ times in my lifetime. This is usually when i am short on time or the weather is terrible. I had not done this workout for a few months at this point.

During my workout, I noticed something.  I did not even need to watch the instructor do the exercises!  I could hear his instructions and jump right into a move.  I was amazed how much my body and mind remembered.  The muscle memory made it so much easier to do the workout.  My body got into a groove and I did not get distracted or terribly tried.  The workout felt great!

So What?

Sometimes, we under value the concept of “muscle memory.”  To me, muscle memory helps us with activities we do not have to think about much.  Think about tying your shoes, brushing your teeth, or even driving.  Your body and mind is so used to the activity you do not even have to think about it or question yourself.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if our workouts could be the same?  We do them so regularly that they are automatic and we do not have to think too much on them.  We get into a rhythm and it becomes a normal habit for us. That is how I would hope you see exercise and even eating well.  You get into a rhythm where you NEED to perform healthy exercise and healthy eating choices.  They are second nature to you.  Here are some suggestions on how to make these habits stick:

-Eat or workout at the same time each day
-Do the activity for a month straight without missing
-Decide that healthy eating and regular exercise is something you do normally
-Think of these activities as fun instead of “work” or another “to do”

Final Words On Muscle Memory

As you can see, forming habits around diet and exercise is possible.  In fact, it is critical in your overall health and wellness.  At the beginning, these actions seem like work.  Through time and practice, you can adopt these habits. Results will follow as you use your “Muscle Memory” each day!

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