Conventional wisdom maintains that if you want to improve your fitness, you must exercise more by carrying out stretches or lifting weights. You’re told to turn all your attention to your muscles: stretch ’em, pump ’em, warm ’em up, and do tedious repetitions.

Above all, you’re supposed to constantly try harder and go longer—push through the pain and the burn.

However, if these are the best ways to increase your fitness level, health and well-being, why do so many people fail to achieve greater fitness through them?

The critical ingredient missing from most fitness regimes is an understanding of the role of the brain in making every movement of our body possible.

Beginning in the womb, and continuing during the infant’s early movements and through the increasingly more complex movements we learn, the body is getting mapped into the brain. Think about it: at birth, the child doesn’t know she has arms, legs, back or belly. It takes years before there is enough connectivity between the body and brain so that she can walk, skip, catch a ball, sing a song or write a letter.

This realization—that the brain organizes all movement—has everything to do with your ability to become more fit, even into your 90’s. It is the brain that from most fitness needs to get new information and create new patterns of movement in order to move us in making every past limitations to new levels of movement of our fitness.

Exercising over and over again without providing the brain the opportunity to create the new simply grooves in more deeply not only what we already do well, but also that which limits us and brings about injury and pain.

The good news is that there are some safe and easy ways for us to provide the brain with the new information it needs. Some of these methods, which I call the Nine Essentials, seem counterintuitive, but they’re fully supported by current neuroscience research.

If you want to improve your fitness, you need to use your brain, not just your body.

Learn more by reading the article below.

Read the article Easing Into Fitness, written by Anat Baniel and published in the May 2016 issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You: Click Here.