“You did it. Have a great day!” Whew! Check your workout off for today. Now let’s see…what’s next on the list… Hey! Hold on a minute and answer a question for me. Tell me, did you do your best?
Have you ever caught yourself cutting performance corners during your workout? The goal is just to get it done, right? I mean, as long as it’s done, I burned the calories and get the benefits, right? Well, not exactly. The difference between getting it done and getting it done right has a significant impact on many things. Let’s take a peek at what happens, (psst—this isn’t just for T-Tappers).
No duck feet to protect those knees. Have you ever thought about what’s going on in your knees when you allow your toes to turn out? Take a second to look in the mirror, notice how to knees roll inward? Not only does this create muscular imbalance in your knee that could open the door for injury, it also contributes to “knee knocker” fat, or that fat pad on the inside of the knee. Keep those toes forward as you walk, bike, use your elliptical and of course, when you T-Tapp. The reward will be stronger, slimmer knees.
Reach away until your arms tighten. Straighten and tighten the legs with each step. Control your movements like a beautiful dancer! Think how many more calories you will burn if you just use a few isometric contractions while you move through your workout. There’s no reason not to get more out of less in this area!
Keep the lats activated by lifting the ribs. This means that you may not drape yourself over the front of your elliptical or treadmill. Doing so is not healthy or helpful. When you maintain the forgotten, but beautiful posture of ribs up, you activate your Latissimus Dorsi muscles, those large muscles on your back. They burn a lot of fuel, contribute to a slim waist line and may even be key to hormone balance with exercise!
Above all, strive for excellence. God tells us in His word, “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord, and not for Men.” I’m challenging you today to strive for excellence in your workout. Stop just getting it done and give it your very best!
Developing your muscles in balance to hold the body in correct alignment will be worth it in the long run.
Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home. She is a Biblical Health Coach and Senior T-Tapp Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp. If you’d like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website: www.kaylahoward.com
*From the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley