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Practise makes perfect – you get better at what you practise.

In most areas of life, what you practise is what you get better at. Whether its a certain hobby, proffession, sport, self love, coaching etc And exercise is a perfect example of that. The more you practise a certain sport or exercise the better you get at it.

Of course there are those unique individuals who may never runbut still manage to run a 10km race in 40 minutes. Or those individuals who never, or very rarely workout but when it comes to a competition they will do better than people who do workout regularly. This may seem unfair, wondering how could they have those fitness levels if they don’t even workout or don’t do that form of exercise when you are struggling to get better and doing it several times a week. But life isn’t always fair and for most people, they actually need to practise to get better.

When it comes to exercise most people like to do the thing they are good at – it’s most fun then when you know you are good at it and it’s not as hard as it could be. But to get better at exercise or the exercise form you are doing, it also means focusing on the things you aren’t good at – its the only way to get better. I personally am not good at doing this. I like to just focus on what i already can and what i am already good at, but neglect the things that i amn’t so good at.

It IS hard to work on something you aren’t good at, but it is also extremely rewarding to notice yourself getting better at it…. and this could be anything. Maybe you are getting better at thinking positively, getting better at taking photos or painting, maybe getting better at being more social or learning to run longer distance…. it sucks when you suck at it (haha!), but it also feels amazing when you see improvement. Before you know it, you will be alot better and then suddenly it isnt a weakness or something you aren’t good at… and that just means moving onto the next thing to improve!

We all like to  be good at the things we are doing, most people don’t like doing new things which they know they may not be good at. But sometimes that is what you have to do.

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I’ll take myself for example, back in 2013-2014 i was doing push ups and chest workouts regularly and could do quite a few push ups and even decline push ups (i.e my feet on a bench and doing a push up that way), it was one of my favourite exercises because i was good at it. But then for some reason i stopped doing push ups regularly… or at all, and i don’t know the reason why. But fast forward to 2017 when i tried doing a push up again and realised i could barely do 8 on my knees, let alone even manage one “proper push up”. It sucked and i thought, i don’t want to do push ups on my knees it is embarrassing when i was once rather good at push ups. (These thoughts are silly, i know.) But i then realised, i can’t get better at them if i dont practise. So now i have been doing push ups c.a 3-4 times a week, sometimes it’s just one set, sometimes it is 5 sets. But now i almost back to how i was in 2014 and all it took was some practise and hard work and frustration haha.

And the same goes for chin ups (palms towards my face.)…. at the start of the year i was doing assisted chin ups and felt myself progressing every week, but then i stopped as i went to another gym which didnt have a good pull up bar so now several months later and i can barely do 3 assisted chin ups. Once again i felt, i don’t want to start all over again, but that is my plan….. to try to get better and maybe one day finally reach my goal of doing 5 proper unassisted chin ups! It is all about practise!

So even if it sucks, can be frustrating and you can feel like a failure… that hard work and time will lead to results and it will be worth it. You can’t be good at everything and isn’t it rather amazing that you CAN get better at something. I choose to see the positive.. some people are just naturally talented or lucky and are good at everything, they can draw, sing, do maths, talented in sports etc but then they might not have to work as hard to improve and don’t get to feel those amazing feelings when you see progress and know that YOU have worked towards it!

So… tell me, do you have anything you need to practise more of to get better at? 🙂 Imagine how much progress you could make in these 3 months if you set yourself a goal to improve and get better 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Practise makes perfect – you get better at what you practise.”

  1. I know exactly what you mean by the frustration bit – it was like this when I was learning to drive – I loose count of the number of times I would end a lesson or practise session in tears because I just couldn’t get the hang of it properly, or that I had forgotten all that I thought I had learnt in a previous lesson/practise session. But I perservered and little by little I made progress and improved – and I ended up passing my test at only the second time! I never thought I would ever get to test standard back in the beginning but hard work, practise and perseverance paid off!
    At the moment I have physio exercises that I need to master and I am really struggling with them – I just can`t seem to get them right and lack the body strength – ie identifying the correct muscles to use to do them properly. So that is what I am working on right now and I hope that in time I will get better and make progress!
    Nice to see a post about your exercise – how are you getting on with your running “goals” ?

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  2. YESYESYES!! So relatable in many areas of my life haha. I actually am someone though who can run quite good without proper training. But then again I’m always active in other ways whether that’s gym or just general activity with the horses, dog walking, cycling etc. so that helps as well.
    But after my ED lost all my strength. Used to be a very strong girl not to be cocky but really i was. Also I used to do the horizontal bar at school all the time during breaks and was very good with tricks and such. Now i lost all that but have been working hard the past 4 months to get y strength in check (which has been wasted due to my ed for 7+ years so it’s a hard task!). So i do feel you..
    Also i’m pretty sad because I can’t run any more because of my torn hips (severely injured + operations as you might already know?) due to my ed and exercise addiction. However I choose to make it some sort of positive thing and focus on what i CAN do 🙂
    But yeah it’s true: practice makes perfect. Or at least practice makes better 😉 Also goes for physics haha I’m curently doing a course in physics which is hard as i’ve never done it before and am supposed to get to university level within 5 months!! However all i can do is my best and luckily i am noticing i get better and more understanding the more i practice, once again.

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  3. For me it has to be running. I love it, but I always cut it in summer or winter when it’s either too hot or too cold, so I only actually run in spring and autumn:D But like in socializing or trying to not worry about small things, thinking more positively, I really am naking progress:)

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