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. I think it’s all about…
- being connected to your body, like in an active (hopefully positive) working relationship with your body
- cultivating a mind to body connection (attention and attunement)
- devoting to a consistent movement practice
- having a movement practice involves some form of both 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 team, all of it. Prior to finding myself a player on sports teams, as a little kid, I was a gymnast, skier and a swimmer.
And 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 is, or downhill skiing. 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 to build the strength and agility to engage in just about anything. A run, a ride, a race, a walk, a yoga class, a dance party, a hike, sledding, skiing, you name it. Pilates prepares you to live an athletic life. With power and poise.
This is one of my favorite Joseph Pilates quotes and it seems so on time with this topic:
“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.”