You might wonder about my title for this post-- isn't the purpose of exercise to make life better?
To look at people, I don't think that's a lot of what's going on when people exercise. My impression is that a great deal of exercise is proving that one's mind/will can override one's body. There's also an effort to look right, and some of that is looking as though one's mind is controlling one's body. Some of it is just doing what one is told.
Do you think I'm exaggerating? Take a look at how hard kabarett had to look to find a PT who would choose exercises which were safe for them.
I respect Scott Sonnon's approach a lot. He's got a connective tissue disorder, so he has to be more careful than the average person. He says that exercise is about becoming more physically capable. It's not about competition with yourself, it's about doing what will leave you more capable. You need to pay so much attention that you don't expect yourself to do the same amount on one side as the other. It's important to not injure yourself exercising-- exercising is like making an investment. Emergencies and competition are when it makes sense to draw down your investment.
Note: a great deal of what Sonnon teaches requires being in at least ordinary physical condition to get started. However, this is a a joint mobility sequence done in a chair.
Probably also of interest-- rydra_wong's bodies_in_motion-- a group about all sorts of movement practice, whether people are doing them or not.
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