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What I learned this week: Remapping the brain

It’s good to learn new things; and if nothing else, this year has been a year of growth and learning. Last week my body reminded me I need a rest day; this week my legs reminded me I need a recovery day sandwiched between hard runs. I am still tweaking my workout schedule, and now I realize, every week might be different. My trainer told me that-but I needed to experience it in order to learn it.

I also learned that focusing on the details IS important, but not every movement can or will be perfect and sometimes you just need to work on stuff and get it done and be okay with it. Some days are like that.

I was reminded that it is good for the brain to learn new movements, but it takes pracitce to make it stick. The beauty of the brain is in its plasticity-or the ability to create new neural pathways no matter how old you are.

I learned I may just have to start telling myself, “I can do that,” instead of , “I wish I could do that.”

And finally, new reading for the week from Todd Hargroves’ Better Movement blog:

“We have a brain for one reason and one reason only — that’s to produce adaptable and complex movements. Movement is the only way we have affecting the world around us… I believe that to understand movement is to understand the whole brain”….Daniel Wolpert 

What did you learn this week?

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