Owning your athleticism
Levels of athleticism vary between us, and even within us over the years and the seasons of life. But if you are moving your body on the regular, with love, dedication, connection, and some challenge, you are an athlete in my book.
Being an athlete means…
Being connected to your body, in an active and positive working relationship
Cultivating a mind to body connection (be attuned and attentive)
Devoting yourself to a consistent movement practice
Having a movement practice that involves some form of strengthening and stretching your whole body.
I was a collegiate athlete, playing on the women’s basketball team all four years of my undergraduate education. Prior to that I was a high school athlete playing on every sports team I could - basketball, soccer, tennis, swim, all of it. As a little kid, I was a gymnast, skier, and a swimmer.
Now, as a mom and female entrepreneur, I am still an athlete. I do Pilates everyday. Pilates may not be a “sport” in the same way basketball or downhill skiing are. But Pilates is movement I devote to my body on the daily. I work on building strength and gaining flexibility. I connect my mind to my body in every workout.
A dedicated Pilates practice helps you build the strength and agility to engage in just about anything. When we run, race, walk, take a yoga class, go to a dance party, hike, you name it - we are stepping into the practice of movement. Pilates prepares you to live an athletic life with power and poise.
One of my favorite Joseph Pilates quotes is very much aligned with this concept:
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”