Here’s something that might help improve your joggling and running. According to researchers at Hull University, thinking about your muscles while lifting weights actually increases strength. In the study, they were able to show there was more electrical activity in the biceps when subjects thought about what their muscles were doing instead of visualizing weight lifting. Of course, the results are only preliminary, but jogglers and runners alike can experiment.
Here’s two things you can do right now.
1. During strength training. Whenever you are lifting weights, think about the muscles while you do it. This could help you get stronger without making the weightlifting harder.
2. When you are stretching. Despite the fact that stretching remains unproven, it can help improve your flexibility. While in a stretch think about the muscles. This may increase flexibility more quickly.
A word of caution. Visualizing what your muscles are doing could actually reduce your juggling ability. Avoid using this technique when trying to get better at juggling. Researchers have previously shown that visualizing yourself juggling is a much better method than thinking about your muscles.
See this previous post for more tips on what to think about while running or joggling.