Reactivity is a component of fitness that we use daily, mostly without even realizing it. In the broadest sense, reactivity involves taking in sensory input from the outside world and producing an appropriate physical response. 

Beyond the obvious input we get through the five senses (touching, smelling, seeing, tasting and hearing), we use proprioception to continually monitor and adjust our position and motion. Proprioception, from the Latin proprius, meaning “one’s own” or “individual,” and capio / capere, which means to take or grasp, is the awareness of the position and movement of the body and is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain.

Like all fitness components, reactivity is trainable. Repeated exposure to exercises or movements solidifies learning in such a way that the speed of the nervous system signals increases. The result is an enhanced ability to respond to a proprioceptive challenge as the body’s “processing speed” improves.

How to Train for Reactivity…

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“This workout features equipment that keeps the mind constantly engaged and focused while the body receives a unique muscular training challenge by requiring dynamic stability throughout each movement. Additionally, the use of proactive balance training and reactive balance training in sequence has the potential to further heighten focus and elevate the benefits of the workout.” –  Jonathan Ross, Health & Fitness Expert