I shudder to imagine the physical issues today's children will have when they are aged. At increasingly younger ages, youth spends their time with chins pressed to chests, heads hanging forward staring into a glowing smartphone screen. Text neck and eye strain will be a sad legacy to pass on to the next generation.
Those beyond college, think they are better off since they don't spend as many minutes staring at the phone. However, living in a cubicle, hunched over a laptop, commutes, chores, and finishing the day on the couch, doesn't set us up any better.
My physical training practice leaves room for improvement, but I shout an internal "kudos" anytime I see someone running, playing a sport or just moving with intention. In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Dr. Kelly Starrett describes the physical capability goal as "having the motor-control and the range-of-motion to perform any physical feat at any time." Our modern lifestyle seeks to make life easier, and as a result, conspires to cripple the human body.
As living beings, activity and movement are part of our DNA and contributes to overall health. What is your practice to achieve Dr. Starrett's definition of physical capability? What benefits do you realize as a result of your investment of time and energy? How has this changed over the years?
Writing soundtrack: @amandapalmer @respektor