Hello sports fans round the globe, I’m glad to be back with my column this week, which is a continuation of last week’s topic, Stretching to your glory through sport.
Honor your body and respect your level. In the last thirty years, I’ve been trained by people and now I trained people from all walks of life. The ones who took their stretching
seriously and approached it with humility have benefitted from it. I’ve felt and witnessed the rewards of flexible training in myself and my clients. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and I know it works. Perhaps that will be the case for you as well.
The more popular any given activity becomes, the more likely there will be detractors looking for ways to cut it down. Reactionary behavior is nothing new. The problem stems from a larger issue in our culture – society’s need to force everything into dichotomies of right and wrong, good and bad, healthy and deadly. Things are not always so. In reality, all things are multifaceted and complex.
Between black and white, there are many shades of gray.
When we over-analyze things, we tend to lose sight of what information is useful and realistic. I find it interesting that the word “academic” means can be achieved to a college, school or other educational institution” as well as “not practical.”
You learn by doing things, not just by studying or analyzing data. Don’t read this and simply take my word for it. Try the postures and training routines outlined in a book, experiment with your own variations and see for yourself what works for you. I’m leaving it to you to draw your own conclusions.
A dictionary defines – ac·a·dem·ic [ak-uh-dem-ik] adjective
1. of or pertaining to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education.
2. pertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.
3. theoretical or hypothetical; not practical, realistic, or directly useful.
4. learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.
When I was a kid, I just wanted to play. I didn’t realize I was training! I sure didn’t care whether what I was doing was called sports, calisthenics, stretching or anything else. I just knew that moving my body was a lot more fun and interesting than sitting around all day. Nowadays, I realize that naming things helps with communicating ideas, yet I recognize that splitting hairs over details eventually becomes a trivial pursuit. I’ve never been a stickler for terminology, so if you find me using words like “Sport is life and development” and “stretching” somewhat interchangeably, bear with me. I might also refer to a certain pose or stretch by a different name than what you are accustomed to. Try not to get bogged because when we think of stretching, most people typically picture holding a static position for an extended period of time. While there are plenty of those types of stretches to be found later on in this, the dynamic stretches presented in this section are the complete opposite.
However, in my terminology perspective, stretching can also be, stretching our capacity, stretching ideas, stretching how we think and act to stretch our country positively.
Hope you enjoyed this edition? Join me again for the next edition. Till then, have a blissful week.
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