Fun nature fact: “In the tropical regions of Africa, the crocodile lies with its mouth open and the plover flies into its mouth and feeds on bits of decaying meat stuck in the crocodile’s teeth. The crocodile does not eat the plover. Instead, he appreciates the dental work. The plover eats a meal and the crocodile gets his teeth cleaned.” *
In nature this is called Mutualism. What does this have to do with exercise?
Over the past four blogs and podcasts, we have been looking at how the body works with exercise and how the brain works with motivation line up perfectly! It’s not surprising—our body is part of nature. But this ‘mutualism’ between the brain and body is too often ignored when it comes to exercise.
Let’s review what the alignment of these eight body and brain facts reveal about how to exercise to get real and lasting results:
The principle of specificity in exercise lines up perfectly with self-determination theory to remind us that when you design exercise for what you want from it, motivation will be greater because you ‘own’ what you want and what you are doing to get it.
The exercise science principle of reversibility aligns with the motivation science of the habit loop to remind us exercise cannot solely focus on what is ‘good’ for the body if we want lasting results. How the brain experiences exercise determines if exercise becomes a habit.
The exercise principle of individuality and the neuroscience of mindful self-compassion align and remind us that when you use your Inner Trainer (TM) as your best guide, exercise is personalized and motivating each time.
The exercise principle of progressive overload aligns with the motivation science of intrinsic rewards and reinforces the importance of using your Inner Trainer, so the results you get are rewarding in a way that is built to last.
How do you put this into action? Check out the last part of this audio series to see how we turn these eight overlooked facts into three steps for your exercise success.