Building the Physiological Savings Account part 2


What? I need to be strong? But I’m not an athlete. Oh really?! The SPORT OF LIFE requires us to demonstrate the ability to move, balance, lift, carry, and coordinate movement in a variety of environments, and we need to demonstrate this consistently and with high levels of competency and capacity. I’m not asking anyone to run out and become a power lifter or enter a strong man competition but I want people to recognize that the vast majority of issues we see can be related to the fact that the body was not adequately prepared to meet the demands of the activity. This can be as simple as bending over to pick up something off of the floor or lifting a carryon out of the overhead bin on a plane. I feel that much of the physical pain we experience can be related to load. Either we experience too much of it and exceeded our bodies capacity, a.k.a. over train, OR we don’t experience enough of it and our system becomes undertrained and poorly prepared to meet the demands of life. The concept of strength is relative to the individual and their unique physical demands. The capacity to squat is different for the Olympic weight lifter during his training then it is from my grandfather when he is getting up from a chair, but the necessity is the same, as they both need to be strong in the squat to accomplish their goals. But with strength comes precision; the ability to accurately and consistently perform the desired movement or posture. Tomorrow’s post will cover components of movement patterns but keep in mind that being strong doesn’t ensure efficiency in movement and that we need to practice how to move for our strength to be truly expressed.

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