Always pretty athletic and mobile, I’ve never given much thought to stretching, improving range of motion, mobilizing or stabilizing my body. The older I get the more apparent it becomes that it’s a good idea to stay ahead of the game and give this realm of body care some serious commitment.
Inspired by a new book, Becoming a Supple Leopard by Dr. Kelly Starrett, I have embarked upon a journey toward supple leopardness.
I’ve always believed in moving to improve function. What I am starting to understand through personal and professional experience is that we live in a world that doesn’t allow that to happen that easily or seamlessly. Life is wearing most of us down in a way that we need to do some conscious mobility work and body maintenance. Life is creating tight, inefficient and painful bodies. We are perpetuating these bad postures and mechanics every day. Unfortunately most of us are operating at a status where going to the gym or for a run is just a likely to make us tighter and more dysfunctional than to help us. In short, we need some help.
I couldn’t agree more. Whether it’s enhancing performance, improving range of motion/flexibility or fixing painful body parts we all have the right to move and feel better. This resource is one of the smartest and best thought out philosophies I’ve ever come across and I look forward to sharing things supple leopardish things over the next few months.
Thanks for reading, have a supple day!
P.S. Here’s my starting point on squat depth…