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Welcome back to the 25 days of Blogmas 2017 – Day 11!
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On to the post!
Whether it’s yoga, weightlifting, running, cycling, or simply stretching, connecting the mind to your muscles is key to seeing progress. The mind is what creates movement. Without the mind to tell the body what to do, we would be immobile!
Muscle-Mind Connection Tips
Create a Mantra
Traditionally a mantra is a sound, word, or phrase meant to aid in concentration during meditation. You can your own mantras for exercising to aid in concentration. Examples of mantras: I am strong, tight core, push the whole way, pull and squeeze. Find what works for you – it could even be song lyrics!
Slow down your movements by focusing on your muscles and how they are moving. Focus on your form and posture. Keep your breath steady and find your balance. Treat your exercise as more of a mini meditation and be mindful of your movements rather than just getting it done.
Breathe into your Muscles
This especially works best when you are stretching, resting or doing any static exercise. Actually visualize the oxygen feeding your muscles and rejuvenating them. This will prep you for your next sprint/set or cool your muscles down after a workout.
Fuel Your Muscles
I am a strong believer that every person has different needs according to their own body and lifestyle. Some people can run off of 4 hours of sleep and some need more like 10 hours! And some people need more protein or fats in their diet than others.
Always make sure you are eating a well-rounded plant-based diet and not limiting or over consuming any macronutrient. It’s your job to get to know your body and how it functions best. The best way to find out more about your body is to try new things!
One thing that I make sure to do on lifting days is to supplement my protein. On a day when I don’t use a protein supplement I still hit about 50-60 grams of protein which is plenty for my body size. But when I lift weights or do a higher impact workout, I have noticed that my muscles really like when I fuel up with a protein shake!
Here’s my fav vegan protein to order: Vega Sport (chocolate)
Here is my fav nutritional protein to order: Vega One (coconut almond)
START EATING MORE PLANTS!
If diving into that vegan lifestyle isn’t what you’re ready for yet, that’s okay! It took me 6 months to finally commit to veganism – now I can never see myself going back! Everyone’s transition is a little different; some go overnight and others take years!
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