Lessons from My Parents – Mom

Doing it right is more important than doing a lot. That’s today’s Life-Cise Daily Tip. (you can click this link to sign up for the Daily Tip & Newsletter.)

My mom is a perfect example of this. When I see her, we usually go over her current exercise routine. I check her form and make suggestions and adjustments. I’ve written about her before; she’s the pushup queen!

One of the reasons I like to use my mom as an example is that she’s always stayed focused on good form as she progresses. At first, she may not be able to do many reps of a particular exercise, or may only be able to do a modified form, but she does what she can in perfect form. In that way, she carefully strengthens the muscles and is able to slowly and safely progress.

When I first assessed her, she couldn’t push herself up off the floor once. Slowly, making incremental progress, she built up her upper body and core strength until she could do perfect pushups. Along the way, with every modification, she focused on perfect form rather than number of reps.

This trip, I added some good stabilizing exercises to help with balance. I want to make sure she feels steady on her feet! That’s in addition to the excellent core work she’s already doing. Stability is equally about lower body and core strength. She demonstrated a perfect bridge with stability ball. Here, she shows a solid, stable torso – completely steady and plank-like. She’s totally awesome!

It’s so easy to get caught up in trying to do more. We see others doing more reps or more sets, running faster or farther. Whether out of competitiveness with them, or with ourselves (I did 5 more than last week!), we can get obsessed with numbers. I know I do sometimes. Do you?

But for real, long-term improvements, we’re better off taking a lesson from my mom: doing it right is better than doing a lot!


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5 Responses to Lessons from My Parents – Mom

  1. Cheryl says:

    WOW Julie! What a greaqt team you make. You must surely be equally proud of each other.
    I cannot help but notice your Mother’s form. She is truly inspirational, just as you are.
    Well done to both of you!

  2. Thanks. She really is an inspiration! And a perfect example of what can be done. She makes steady progress – she’s knows she’s in it for the long haul, not just this week. She pushes herself enough to build or maintain, but stays within safe limits. I’m always so proud of her.

  3. nancyspoint says:

    Doing it right is better than doing a lot. I am going to try really hard to remember that! This is perfect advice for me right now as I recently started doing exercises given to me by my new physical therapist. Proper form is so critical. You have a very wise mom! And you’re pretty smart yourself!

  4. gillian says:

    Yes my friend is a yoga teacher and he has been talking a lot about doing simple poses with greater awareness as being of more value than doing the more difficult poses. By the way, love your daily tips. Thought they would be annoying and interrupting but they are short enough not to be disruptive.

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