Train the Way you Want to Look

I have a little extra “exercise” for you the next time you get your sweat on. It all stems from a saying I learned from one of my personal trainers:

Train how you want to look.

For some reason, that simple saying has stuck with me more than almost any other exercise coaching advice. It stuck with me because it makes such a HUGE difference.

I’ll get into exactly HOW you train how you want to look in a second, but first I want to talk about what good posture is and why it matters so much.

Most of us don’t normally give much thought to our posture. It’s automatic – we rely on our muscles to take care of it for us. There are a lot of muscles that are involved in maintaining proper posture, and paying attention to them 24/7 would be overwhelming!

So, what is “good” posture, anyway?

Think of your body like a mountain, with its base at your feet. The mountain rises up tall through the front of your body – your shins, quadriceps, core, chest and shoulders – and then goes down your back, hips, hamstrings and calves.

All of those muscles work together to hold your body in place, keep your balance, etc. Most of us don’t realize just how connected our muscles are and how over time, we can train them to be strong and fully support our bodies so we can do everything we want to do.

These muscles even can affect your breathing! For example, if your shoulders are rounded forward and your chest muscles are tight, it can be hard to expand your lungs for a deep breath.

That’s why it is super important to think about your posture when you exercise. After all, you are working to make your body STRONGER, and you want to make it stronger in an upright, aligned posture, am I right?

Now, it’s time for that extra “exercise” I mentioned above.

The next time you pick up a set of weights, crank out a set of core exercises, go for a walk or jog, or do any kind of workout, take a good look at your posture. If you can’t do a quick posture check in a mirror, take a moment to at least think about it.

Are you standing tall with your core engaged? Are you showing good body patterns? Are your shoulders back, chest up, and legs strong?

Or are you reinforcing patterns that you don’t love so much, with your shoulders rounded or your joints locked?

When you start training your body the way you want it to look, you’ll reinforce your mind-muscle connection and you’ll reap the benefits. Not only will you strengthen your body, but it will make you more mindful – on a daily basis – of your body and if you are reinforcing positive posture or slumping back into old patterns.

Your posture will start to improve 24/7 (even outside the gym), your core will get stronger, fast – and there’s a good chance you’ll notice a boost in your confidence, too.

Who doesn’t want that!?

 If you aren’t sure about your posture or you would like more help in creating a stronger core so you can improve your posture then be sure to download my free ebook Restore your Core. It’s packed with helpful training tips, exercises and more to help you improve your health and boost your core strength! 

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Heather Cook

Heather Cook

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