Well hello, you look familiar. It’s been quite some time since my last post but I have a great excuse. I have started a Masters program in Sport and Exercise Psychology. I figured that I know (and will still continue to learn) much about movement and physiology but can’t do much good with the knowledge if I can’t convince people to get out and move around. I studied Ayurveda under a man of great wisdom, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar. He used to tell us that the one symptom he fears is a idiopathic, autoimmune deformity that looks like this:
Now to the story of the day….
I found this article in the July 19th, 2011 print edition of the New York Times. It was very revealing because like the proverbial boiling frog in the pot, I hadn’t noticed there was a political agenda at work on the playgrounds I grew up on. I had noticed that during my short childhood, we had gone from all metal to mostly plastic equipment. I had noticed the tall slides and “igloo made of metal bars” (I don’t know what the heck that thing is called) had vanished.
I figured this movement was to update and keep in line with ADA standards. I had no reason to complain at the time and found little fault with the new equipment……but I was 9 years old at the time.
Reflecting on this societal shift, I wold like to think I would have been one of those making a huge stink over the progressive policies that dug up our jungle gyms and tire swings and replaced them with those stupid tic-tac-toe squares and 5 foot slides.
Turns out that kids need to be exposed to the risk, fun and excitement that kids have enjoyed for millions of years. Sure we have replaced our clubs and spears for smart phones and lattes but we still need to learn how to approach challenging situations and face our fears. It’s a shame that we don’t listen to common sense until there is a study done to prove it. One common thread in all the medical research, nutrition recommendations and whatever else the CDC, FDA, HHS and WHO has to offer is that despite the most noble of intentions, there are always unintended consequences. It seems that we accept these words as a get-out-of-jail-free card for anyone who utters them.
Moving For Wellness is all about challenging yourself. Realizing that the threat does not come from the external, but rather resides within you. You must battle your nature whether it is to do good deeds when you don’t feel like it or get up and walk your dog after a long day at work. We allow ourselves to get too comfortable in a society that demands less and less responsibility of us individually. We as a species have evolved to the top because of our brilliant ability to adapt to adversity. Confronting a challenge is the only way in which you will grow in character, health, wealth or happiness.
That’s it for me tonight. I’ve got to challenge my natural inclination to sit here and go bust out a super-set of pushups.
Move and be Well,
- Grasping Risk in Life’s Classroom (nytimes.com)
- Playgrounds Getting TOO Safe? (freerangekids.wordpress.com)
- John Tierney can have my rubberized playground surface when he pries it from my cold, dead hands (quomodocumque.wordpress.com)