Healthy Tip- When Exercizing- Countdown Down, Not Up

Thursday, June 9, 2011
I love simple tips that are easy to do and have a new and better effect. In the June 2011 Men's Health (yes, I read my husband's magazine!) there was a great "2 second lifesaver" listed that I think is really great.

When doing your repetitions when exercising, count down (10, 9, 8, 7...) instead of doing the usual of counting up (1, 2, 3, 4...). Evidently research has been done on this and it has been found that you can actually lift better and longer if you count in a descending order. Its due to what psychologists call the Jacobsonian muscle relaxation principle ( ). By counting down you feel calmer which allows you to focus better and activate more muscle. Who knew?

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