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Exercising Focus

So, on some inspiration from a a site I stumbled upon, fitnchic.com, I feel it is necessary to learn about some new habits, or hopefully old, that everybody, no matter what they are doing, should focus on.

Limb Extension

The first of which is limb extension. Whenever you are doing an exercise and it involves movement that goes from one extreme of the muscles cabilities to the other, a person should always be focused not to extend past the joint or muscles extension.

It should seem fairly intuitive that  you don’t want to be extending those arms to a locked position on the way down, fully blown open. Because of the fact that you jump into what will feel like a locking position, you don’t want to over extend those arms. See how the fellow in the photo below goes down, something similar to this. i personally go a little bit further down, but not much.



Breathing is essential to your exercise. Your muscles, brain, heart, and blood all scream for more oxygen while your exercing. Sometimes you’ll find yourself getting light headed or dizzy, this is a sign of lack of oxygen; so breathe!In-out-in-out.

Most recommend that you breath in as your going up, exhale as your going down. The logic just makes sense since your diaphragm works in the same fashion.


In the article Sitting Still we touched on the fact that if you stay still and sit in a position for a very long time, you will find that your muscles start to row naturally into those positions: slouched back breeds hunchbacks, sitting spreads hips etc. Well, the same idea passes for posture when your exercising.

If your lifting the weights with the wrong posture, you will find that the muscle starts to grow in the awkward posture positions which then causes your body to get altered into a bad direction. After this happens, it becomes increasingly harder to recover from such growth. It is possible, but an extremely conscious effort must be made at correcting.

Focus on things like:

  • keeping a straight back
  • looking forward so your neck isn’t tweaked into an awkward position
  • bending at the knees

Paying attention to these things will provide you with proper muscle growth, and benefit you definitely in the long run.



Muscle cars are fast, but going fast during your muscle building isn’t the best option. Yes there are certain times when your training to specifically be explosive and reach high speeds, but that is very specific training and if you’re reaching this level, you are most likely also training directly with a professional trainer.

Keep your motion smooth and steady, if you are not properly warmed up, and decide to power through a heavy set on the press, this is a pulled muscle waiting to happen.


Stay Loose

It is essential that you become loose when your working out. Flexing and stretching and straining the muscles that most activities require can cause muscle pulls and strains that certainly aren’t wanted.

Keep your body loose always. Get in the habit of stretching a few times a day; when you wake up, when you are in midday or when you get home, and then at night time a few hours after dinner. This way your body will be getting the proper stretching in, loosening your limbs which also gives the required blood/oxygen flow to the muscles looking to repair.

Listen to your Body

During your whole exercise routine, listen to your body. It knows how much it can handle, it knows how much it wants to do, it knows when to stop. Listen to it, recognize signs. Most times out of ten, before you really strain a muscle you can start to feel it slowly tweaking more. If you get into a situation where your slightly tweaked, STOP, STRETCH, and move away from that area for the day. Nobody wins with a pulled or strained muscle.

superficial-anterior-musclesDo you have any other tips on things the exercise should be focusing on while consciously staying fit ?


Exercise is the most healthiest thing a person can do for their body, mind, and soul; something that Exercise and Mind is totally committed to.

Getting a proper work out of your whole body through regular exercise activities like yoga, stretching, weight lifting, exercise machines, dumbbell or resistance training, running, walking, and numerous other activities has been and will continue to be proven by scientific health journals around the globe, and personal experiences by millions of active exercisers, to be the number one reason of good health and positive attitudes.

Physical activity helps keep your body, mind, and soul healthy by stimulating chemicals in your brain that help relax your body that enables you to feel healthy and also give you positivity when you look in the mirror and see the benefits of what you’ve been working so hard at accomplishing.

Exercise has also been proven to help fight, prevent, or manage high blood pressure, belly fat, weight, skin health, cholesterol levels, triglycerides, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers to mention a few of the benefits!

Don’t put faith in diet pills, weight loss food programs, quick loss secrets. Motivate yourself to get the exercise your body deserves and you will not regret a single second of it.

Keeping active in your life undoubtedly is the best thing you can possibly do for yourself. Your confidence will grow, your sex life will improve, you will get noticed, and personally you will feel like you can conquer the world.

In this section you will find some strategies that we at Exercise and Mind find extremely advantageous to our personal well being that we would like to share with you.