Exercise in the Distraction-Free Zone
by Charlotte Siems
Loud music. A blaring TV. People in and out, talking and laughing, asking questions. Text messages coming in. Phone calls. We all live with distractions in our active, busy lives.
So what’s that got to do with our T-Tapp practice?
T-Tapp is best done in an atmosphere where you can concentrate. My preference is in my bedroom, with the door shut. Or in the dining room early in the morning before anyone is up.
As an experienced mom of twelve, I have definitely developed the skill of multi-tasking and working with distractions. So why would I isolate myself to do T-Tapp?
Because to get the most benefit from workouts, concentration is important! It might be just a fifteen minute workout, but I want to squeeze every last drop of goodness from it. If I’m going to change clothes and dedicate precious time to fitness…and sweat…I want to get results.
An atmosphere of quiet (well, as quiet as a household of eight or more can get) helps with these secrets of successful results:
· Being “all there” (mentally present, in the zone)
· Progressing in personal max
· Using full range of motion, no momentum (reaching and extending all the way, tucking, turning to best abiity)
· Pushing form to fatigue and muscle failure
· Constantly running a circuit in your mind to maintain all aspects of form
· Really activating muscle—no wimpy donut fingers, no straight knees, etc.
· Attentively listening to cues on the workout DVD
That quiet room doesn’t help with things you don’t need:
· Comparing yourself with anyone else
· Having perfect form (that never happens!)
· Doing every single rep every single time
Of course life still happens and you won’t always have a silent and peaceful space in which to work out. But some planning and attention to a non-distracting atmosphere can help you take your workouts to a new level. Communicate the importance of this with family members if need be. Hint: They can’t read your mind.
Carve out some space and semi-silence to care for your body and your spirit. Spend your fifteen minutes or half hour of exercise in the zone, and then you’ll step out into your world of noise and distractions with more energy and patience!