Want to Improve? I do.
Here’s a weird one.
My butt is killing me. Right at the top where the hamstrings attach to the top of my pelvis. It’s one of the smaller muscles, right at the top of your rear, that helps you balance and control sideways movement of the legs.
The muscle hurts because I don’t use it much and now I am. I like running which, obviously, is a forward-moving exercise. So I don’t use this muscle much compared to it’s larger and more famous partner the gluteus maximus. The maximus helps to pull my thigh downward when I run. I’m doing a new workout now with more lateral motion that puts this comparatively weaker muscle in play. So it’s sore.
Doing something different is a key to any improvement. It’s obvious when you think about it. Once we learn how to do something we have to expand to improve. So we do lateral exercises. Or learn a new knitting knot. This is why marathoners do sprints. They need more than the long drudge of mere miles to earn their best times. This is why we do word problems in math. This is why we experiment with whole wheat flour instead of using the bleached white stuff. Different results required different inputs.
How do you want to improve? What are you doing now to maintain your skills? What do you need to do in order to improve those skills? Whatever it is, it will be awkward at first. But what you are good at felt awkward once, too. Keep at it, though, and the new habit begins to feel comfortable. It starts to feel right. And then you’re on the track to improvement and accomplishment.
So have at it. Do something different. Put yourself in a weird place. Do something out of character. You’ll be better for it.
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