Sweating the soft stuff

March 14th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  6 Comments

Hot on the heels of my Pathology on Parade post comes a delightful antidote: Sweating the Soft Stuff, from Rannoch Donnald across the pond.

For a very long time I felt that physical activity had to be accompanied by blood, sweat and tears. Mine, or someone else’s at least. Surely that was the endgame, to push yourself to puking point and then stand back and admire the results. An obsession with PRs, goals and constant progress cannot be consistently sustained, we simply become victim to our expectations. What starts as a healthy, vibrant pursuit can turn into an activity we dread and find ways to avoid…

Don’t leave it too late to get to grips with your inherent mobility and freedom to move. We become so bound up, between endless repetitions and sitting hunched over computer screens. If you are not free to move you are not free to explore. We are multi dimensional human beings and our practice should reflect that.

Go read the rest — it’ll make you want to go for a playful skip in the spring sunshine.

Responses

  1. Not Claire says:

    March 14th, 2009at 3:27 pm(#)

    See this scares me: “Don’t leave it too late” because I’m 65 and 100+ pounds overweight. Every time I pick up a for or a weight or go for a walk I worry about whether it is too late.

  2. Mistress Krista says:

    March 14th, 2009at 3:50 pm(#)

    It is only “too late” to be active and healthy, and to improve your level of fitness, when you are dead. Otherwise it’s all fair game, whether you’re 100 pounds overweight, 100 years old, or both. If you can move any body part you can move it against resistance. If you have any free choice at all (which is the case if you’re not currently in a coma), then you can choose how you eat and your level of activity. It is NEVER too late!! Studies show that even people in their 90s, when started on a weight training program and/or good diet, improved. You can always get better, always.

    “Too late” probably only applies to winning the gold medal in gymnastics and playing for the NBA.

  3. Not Claire says:

    March 14th, 2009at 5:07 pm(#)

    Thanks. My brain knows that by my heart forgets sometimes.

  4. William says:

    March 14th, 2009at 5:20 pm(#)

    Love that answer, Mistress Krista!

  5. anonymous says:

    March 15th, 2009at 12:36 am(#)

    I agree with William!

    Not Claire should know lots of positive good wishes are being sent her way to help her heart remember.

  6. Kelly says:

    March 15th, 2009at 8:16 am(#)

    I’m graduating from college in May. I have to say, without my daily workout I believe I would have gone insane at some point in my 5 years of higher education. Some people think I’m nuts for keeping up excercise with my already hectic schedule, but nothing takes your mind off a hard day of biochem and physiology quite like lifting heavy objects.


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