Exercise is about more than just physical activity, strength, and movement. It’s also a way to reduce stress and improve your mind-muscle connection. At ZIVA USA, we help people understand that fitness is a holistic vision of wellness that combines mental, physical, and spiritual health. Keep reading to learn more about improving your mind-muscle connection while you work out.
Physical Activity That Can Strengthen Your Mind-Muscle Connection
Strengthen your mind-muscle connection by focusing on balance, mobility, relaxation, and mindfulness in some of your workouts. We recommend adding yoga, strength training, and resistance training into your regular workout routine, as these activities provide a great way to simultaneously improve your physical and mental well-being.
Yoga taps into both your body and mind. It focuses on balance, mobility, relaxation, and mindfulness while gently stretching out your muscles. Yoga can help build strength in areas that are often overlooked, such as the core muscles supporting the spine or deep postural muscles in the neck and shoulders that are essential for proper posture. It can help teach you what stretches affect what muscles. Yoga is also guided by breathing exercises and mindful movements of the muscles.
Additionally, yoga can be done anywhere with minimal equipment—all you need is a mat. ZIVA USA’s TPE Yoga Mat elevates your stretching, pilates, or yoga routine with its non-toxic, eco-friendly material and no-slip grip. Made with low-impact, high-durability recyclable TPE and without any latex or harsh chemicals, this ultra-lightweight yoga mat delivers peace to both mind and body with its thick, soft, double-layered premium construction that relieves pressure on floor contact points and minimizes discomfort. Shop now.
Strength Training & Your Mind-Muscle Connection
When strength training, focus on your muscles and movements rather than distractions around you. Improve your mind-muscle connection by bearing loads on the right muscles at the right point of each lift. Learn how to breathe through your strength workouts to maximize each rep or set for optimal results.
ZIVA’s home fitness line offers popular strength training equipment such as RPU Hexagon Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Tribells, Medicine Balls, Olympic Bars and Bumper Plates, and RPU Studio Barbell Sets. Shop ZIVA USA now.
Resistance training is all about learning proper form and understanding your physical limitations. It is important not to rush through exercises but to focus on being present at the moment and moving the right muscles, as this will help prevent injury due to improper form or overstretching. Combining resistance exercises with traditional weightlifting gives you an opportunity to increase intensity without compromising form; plus, it adds a fun twist.
ZIVA USA’s Resistance Tubes provide ultra-portable, lightweight, compact, progressive resistance that simulates different weights at different points along its high-durability, high-elasticity band. Shop now.
Our Performance Bodyweight Trainer uses a tough, forged steel cam buckle that makes adjustments easy; commercial-grade certified steel carabiners with keylock noses for easy attachment and removal; and a reinforced strapping loop with exceptional load-bearing capacity that allows for a huge variety of functional exercises. Shop now.
Know When To Challenge Yourself vs. Take a Rest Day
Working out is all about challenging yourself – physically and mentally. But it’s important to know when to take a rest day and not overdo it. Pushing yourself too hard may do more harm than good when it comes to trying to improve your health. If you’re experiencing any of the following, a rest day might be the better choice:
- You’re feeling extra stressed
- You might be getting sick
- You’re extremely sore from your last workout
- You’re sleep deprived
Overall, teach your mind to connect and listen to your muscles. That may mean penciling in a rest day or two to ensure you get enough recovery time.