In the swimming pool I direct each arm to do specific actions on every stroke. I talk myself through each flip turn, and each one comes out differently (not many very well). I talk to my legs to make sure they are kicking. Honestly, this attention to detail makes me tired! I wish it were more automatic.
I also talk myself through steps when I am walking. I can't remember the last time I was unaware of my feet or my legs. So is there anything I do without thinking? Even my fingers, flying over the keys right now, are positioned in the way I know is good for them - perhaps from my piano training. I tell myself to sit up straight periodically.
Is this just me or is this an aging thing or...what?