This evening I was helping my daughter in the skill of rope skipping – or jumping rope – whichever you prefer.
One of my hallmark teachings was encouraging her to continually add new techniques to the arsenal, not so much to make it PHYSICALLY harder, but to cause new neural pathways to open up in your brain and nervous system.
“At least once a week you want to add a DIFFERENT spin to your routine,” I coached.
“If you always jump rope the same way, your brain doesn’t get enough STIMULATION. And the more stimulation you give your brain, the faster your results.”
That’s correct. The more you stimulate your brain – the faster your results. This means the same-ole-same-ole approach to fitness is out.
Even when you’re doing the same basic exercises, there is always a way to challenge your brain and nervous system, causing an adaptation that lends itself to improved metabolic function.
For example, even if you already know every rope skipping technique ever devised, you can up the stakes by changing how your breathe, how fast or slow you go, or the ways the exercises are organized.
The same goes for the other exercises I teach in Combat Conditioning.
In fact, you could stick with nothing more than the three Royal Court exercises for the rest of your life, and gain non-stop benefits, provided you alter when you breathe and how often, as well as the speed and tempo and angles of the exercises.
With each and every adjustment you’re playing in a whole new ballgame, as far as your brain is concerned.
Even so, you are also wise to add exercises you’ve never done before.
You’ve heard the saying, “Variety is the spice of life.”
When it comes to your brain-body, variety is the key to staying mentally and physically sharp, to hormone and neurotransmitter production.
Keep it interesting and you’ll be amazed with the changes that continuously transpire.
I go into more depth on jumping rope – and so much more, on the FureyFaithful.com Member’s site.
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