Who Cares About Muscles?
I have a confession to make, and I’m sure I’m not alone. For years, I’ve heard things like, “You should feel a nice stretch in your hamstrings,” or “This will work your triceps.” I registered enough to get the picture that hamstrings were legs and triceps were arms. Unfortunately, I let the particulars just sort of cascade off the edges of my mind.
Now, years, later, I’m paying attention, and I credit squats for the change. This month, many members of our Eyes-Free Fitness list are participating in a squat challenge. We’ve been reporting our progress, encouraging one another, and discussing proper form. Someone commented that feeling certain muscles activate let her know she was doing a squat properly.
It was then that the proverbial lightbulb went off in my head. Knowing what muscles I should be feeling can let me know if I’m doing an exercise effectively. And while I have no scientific proof to back it up, it occurs to me that mindful awareness of particular muscle groups might increase the effectiveness of the move I’m trying to do.
I hope you’ll join me in paying attention to those all-important muscles. Together, it might be a superb way to take our exercises to the next level.
I hope to see you there.