The 2-Second Exercise Tweak That Helps You Improve Any Workout!

We all know the old adage, "practice makes perfect" but when you are trying to master a new pose in your Bikram class, or aiming for a personal best during your runs, just simply practicing isn't always enough.  There is, according to researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, one tiny adjustment you can make in your practices that will have you seeing big improvements and perfecting that new skill! The researchers have found that when it comes to gaining a new motor skill, slight variations in the way you practice will help your master the skill faster. Tiny tweaks can dramatically improve your results without adding additional practice time!   To test this theory, researchers asked three groups to perform a simple motor task. The first group was introduced to the task and then held a practice session six hours later where they repeated the task without any modifications. The second group was introduced to the task but in their practice session they included slight modifications to the behaviour. The third group learned the behaviour without any follow-up practice. All three groups were asked to perform the task the next day. The second group, the one that included slight modifications in their practice, were faster and more accurate. They were almost twice as good as the first group! [bctt tweet="The 2-Second Exercise Tweak That Helps You Improve Any Workout!"] "Don't just repeat the same activity over and over," says Pablo Celnik, M.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "If you do it differently, you layer in new information about the task, which leads to better performance down the line."   Celnik believes this is also applicable to your exercise routine! If you are learning a sport like tennis, for example, you get used to the way the racket feels in your hand and the amount of force it takes to serve the ball to the location you want. But, if you start playing in the rain, everything changes. You need to alter your swing to match the weight of the wet ball. Learning how to adapt in this way will improve your tennis serve. So, when it comes to the rest of your routine, MIX THINGS UP! If you usually run on a treadmill or pavement, try a trail run. If you are trying to nail a handstand in yoga class, try changing the way you pop up or the surface you are practicing on -- try a handstand in the sand, perhaps. Imagine how easy it will feel to do a handstand on the floor after practicing one in the sand! If you prefer structured workout programs, you've come to the right place! With SweatFlix℠, you can access over 80 hours of on demand workouts! That's all your favorite BodyRock workouts any time you want them! From beginner to advanced, bootcamps to yoga, you'll never again get stuck in a workout rut! These changes may seem incredibly small but they can lead to massive improvements in your performance and your results. Have you added small tweaks to your practices and mastered your fitness goal? Tells us about it! Source: Shape  

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