Meaning performance when it comes to sports!! Sheesh... Now... Lets talk about how well you do what you do.
Whether it’s surfing, kiting, biking, skiing, snowboarding, running – whatever it is that gets you going. Are you happy with how you perform? After a good session are you left sore and stiff? Do you wish you were fitter and more mobile? Do you feel you could do better?
Lets face it. Often you go out to have fun, but there’s always room for improvement. After all, you are ego driven, right?!
Over the years sports equipment has evolved drastically. Surfboards, skis and snowboards have gone from being simple planks of wood to complex pieces of art shaped to meet the different needs of the rider and the conditions. Bikes have gone from being a simple mode of transportation to beasts that satisfy the adrenalin seeking junkies and feather light road bikes for those who love a long joy ride. There are companies out there claiming that their shoes will make you run faster. And their gear will keep you warmer/cooler, dryer and maybe even stop you from stinking… body odor wise.
Yes. Equipment can make a difference and can enhance the skills you already have. But it may also be masking your bad habits that are stopping you from improving any further.
How you perform, isn’t just based on gear you use. It’s based on how you use yourself. The most important piece of equipment you will EVER own is your body. And chances are you’ve probably done a pretty good job neglecting it. You’ve injured yourself. You’ve pushed past pain and discomfort. You’ve learned to ignore the constant aches have probably been masking it all with drugs.
This may be what’s holding you back.
How you function and perform is a result of the patterns and habits you have developed over the years. From when you were a kid, to how you recovered after an injury. Your tight muscles, lack of mobility and pain are the outcome. You are limited in your performance because your body doesn’t know how to move to its fullest potential.
Watch those who are good at the sport they do. They make it look effortless. Graceful. Easy. So what’s the difference? They are organized. Their nervous system has figured it out.
So. To improve your performance you must improve your self-use. You have to learn how to find support from your whole self and become better organized. Chances are the outcome will be an increase in mobility, and flexibility, greater ease, comfort and less pain allowing you to improve in the things you love to do. That would be pretty sweet, eh!
Now. The how…
By working with me of course! Now I know I can’t be everywhere at once, so I am in the process of developing videos specific to certain sports to guide you into improving your movement. My free yoga videos are a great place to start as well.
Don’t Stretch. Wha!? We’ve been told many things over the years on what we should do to help us perform better and deal with all our aches, pains and stiffness. Stretching being one of them. In my opinion stretching itself is totally over rated. Don’t bother. You’ll find out why in another post.
Do Feldenkrais®. There aren’t many practitioners out there but if you find one SCORE! Go to classes. Do one on ones. Get your hands on some audio. The whole focus with Feldenkrais is that you are working to improve your patterns and habits. It’s what has changed my outlook on how we function and has influenced my performance in everything that I do.
Do yoga. Yeah!! But make sure it’s with a solid instructor who has tons of experience and awareness on how the body functions and creates an environment for you to learn and explore. It helps if they do the sports you do because chances are they have issues in similar areas! When you do go to classes remember that ‘less is more’. Even in yoga we can be prone to pushing and forcing ourselves into things our bodies not willing to do. Keep that ego in check!
Physio, Massage. Craniosacral therapy. Chiro. Acupuncture. Rolfing… Wonderful when you find one that helps you find results. Remember though, that ultimately you want to work with learning how to improve the patterns that are causing your lack of mobility, pain and discomforts. These areas may not be the actual spot where you are having issues.
Train. Find a trainer or program that can help you with building strength and mobility specific to the actions required in your sport. The strong and more organized you are as a whole the better you will perform.
Get out there! Obviously the more you put yourself out there, the more you will refine and improve. Mileage is key, especially as you find better organization and learn how to be more efficient!
So what are you waiting for. Get off your computer. Step outside and go play!