On a very fundamental human level, women are not as athletic or physical as men. These day’s that’s not necessarily the case all the time, but for some women it definitely can be.
Can you relate?
I know there are some times where my coordination level is non-existent. Shoot, it took me about 2 to 3 weeks just to learn how to throw a frisbee. Talk about frustrating (and slightly embarrassing.)
Now that I’m training about 70 or so women everyday (even more online) I get to see and hear about coordination all the time. It’s hard because being uncoordinated and constantly telling yourself that, will make doing fat burning workout programs pretty tough.
But don’t fret. I’m going to try and help you think different about your coordination and before you know it, you’ll be like a workout she-ninja.
Stop Telling Yourself Your Not Coordinated
When you repeatedly tell yourself something, over time, your brain will begin to believe it. This phenomenon has been proven through studies done on amnesiac patients. While they could not remember what was happening, their sub-conscious brains were remembering and making maps in their head.
So stop telling yourself your can’t do it… you just don’t have it… your from an klutzy family… etc…
These so called harmless jabs at yourself make an impression. When that mental impression gets big enough (usually faster than you think) your behavior mimics it. You’ll never have seen it coming.
Pretty crazy right?
It can work in reverse if you constantly tell yourself that you’re amazing and awesome. That does boost self confidence and self worth.
Slow Your Workout Speed Down
Coordination problems really come to the surface when you’re moving fast. Think about it like this…
Your coordination is an issue with your movements not being able to keep up with your brain’s signals. That said, during exercise, slow down and just work on perfect form and movement.
You may feel slow compared to the other people in your class… or if you’re working out alone, you may just feel slow. But what you’re actually doing is building muscle memory and improving your coordination.
Before you know it, you’ll be able to go through exercises without even thinking and most of the time in perfect form.
Watch Yourself Exercise
Mirrors in gyms can get a bad rap from a lot of people. However, I think they are more good than bad.
Watching yourself exercise can be humbling, but it can also be very beneficial. As you workout, you can see yourself and were you tend to get caught up during certain exercises.
You can’t improve what you don’t know you doing… am I right?
So if you have the ability to watch yourself exercise, do it. You’ll learn where you mess up and how. Knowing that, you can work specifically on those areas.
A word of caution though…
Don’t get caught up checking yourself out or ridiculing yourself unjustly if you don’t like what you see. Be objective about what you’re watching yourself do.
Have Fun No Matter What
If there is one thing I hate about myself, it’s when I treat something that is supposed to be fun like it’s life or death… and I get upset or mad.
Seriously… how messed up is that? When was the last time you did that?
Exercise is supposed to be fun, challenging, and exciting. Not something that makes you angry and definitely not a place where you beat yourself up.
Remember, it’s fun.
Force yourself to treat it like that. The best way to do this is to reframe exercise as a mental detox. Getting your emotions out and testing your body in new fun ways.
That also helps your coordination issues because when you’re so serious or focused on something, you tend to stiffen. Trying to be flawless is dangerous and usually (almost every single time) works against us.
Relaxing and enjoying the process helps your body become more fluid. Fluid is the opposite of stiff. That’s what you want.
Try These Coordination Tips
Give these a shot today or tomorrow when you workout. Remember above all, don’t beat yourself up or feel embarrassed. Before you know it, you’ll be looking and moving in amazing ways.
Being negative about it will just increase the time it takes to become coordinated during exercise.