A common cause for joint problems that athletes have, are sensory-motor amnesia (SMA) and an increased muscle tone that distorts correct and fluid pelvis and torso movement. From the day of our birth onwards, we learn to coordinate our muscles functioning during movement. This synchronicity is evolutionarily conditioned. At birth, everyone is assigned a certain potential, and the child constantly learns to control the muscles when moving and thus progresses within its capabilities. But his muscular strength is still developing, so with will and effort, he can't achieve more than he would like. Better coordination enables increased efficiency, which is a pleasurable sensation. Conversely, less effective movement due to poor coordination creates an uncomfortable feeling, and if it lasts longer, it becomes painful. The child also follows the principle of pleasant learning, especially because it is communicated to him by the environment. If the movement is uncomfortable, he wants to either change or discontinue some activity.
It's been a year since my last blog post. For a good reason though. I really didn't know what to write about. Training, nutrition, racing? Nobody cares. There are thousands of cyclists who do the same thing like me, day after day.
In the past year, you got to know me a little better. A small inside look into my life, suffering, battling eating disorder, positive test, trying to return to cycling.
But you only got what I wanted you to see, know. There's more. And up until this summer, I didn't know what it was. I had no answers, but so many questions.
Why I get to have so much injustice, bad luck, bullying. Why I can't talk to other people, feel so uncomfortable being around others. Why I struggle to express myself in a genuine way, express my feelings, emotions.
Throughout all these years things got so bad, I couldn't ask anyone for help. I dealt with everything alone. Even when it comes to cycling I was a "one man team".
When looking for a reason for lack of motivation to run, it is necessary to understand the role of the invested-received relationship, which is implanted deep within our limbic system. The relationship between what you invested and received defines an action or decision's effectiveness and determines our relationship to the outcome. In the past and the development of the human species, a high enough efficiency was necessary to make it possible to survive. Evolution and entropy erase inefficient systems and elevate more efficient ones. The effectiveness of movement was key to survival. Therefore, more effective movement is felt as pleasant and good, while the inefficient movement is felt as uncomfortable and painful. As a child grows up, he learns to be tidy and thus improves his efficiency. When he is effective enough to cope with current demands and burdens, curiosity drives him forward.
Consciousness is usually directed to reaching a certain goal no matter the cost, rather than going faster toward the goal using conscious learning, better feeling, and consciously improved movement, as the AEQ method teaches. If we refresh our memory: the AEQ method and breathing are about dealing with the causes of chronic pain and illnesses, which result from permanently raised muscle tone and a change in posture and movement of a person. These conditions also strongly influence breathing processes, which are especially susceptible to body influences and emotional stress. Learning is more efficient if we internalize it. Every jogger should pay attention not only to physical fitness but also on his mind's mindfulness over the body. In the AEQ method, we call this control over the body or being conscious of oneself. It's important to detect movement changes, which makes pinning the cause of pain or preventing even minor injuries easier. We consciously check both posture and the way we sit, as well as walking and running. Some movements that we constantly perform unconsciously and automatically should also be observed and corrected. Then again, other moves are done actively – during sports and exercise or doing manual labor (behind a manufacturing belt or long hours behind an office computer, …).
Nasal breathing moisturizes and heats the air, prevents the drying of the mucous membrane, removes many pathogens, and raises nitric oxide in one's blood.
Competition is not a time for an athlete to focus on how well he breathes, but he should be completely focused on the competition.
After training and less difficult exercises or other regular activities, you should breathe through your nose.
Our consciousness often uses an exaggeration in the movement to redirect emotional energy towards movement, with which we do not fix the relationships that burden us. Artificial pleasure is born, which brings us to the emergency lane.
As beings with free will, we almost always have the choice to slow down, fix ourselves up, and raise our "soma" though better cooperation, understanding, and respect between the body and consciousness.
Due to lack of time and a too-large focus on technology and being addicted to it, we are getting worse in understanding ourselves. We are becoming more and more dependent on professionals or applications from which we expect to tell us what is wrong with us.
Sadly, such a program or device that could measure or show what and how we feel ourselves in our own body doesn't exist.
Consequently, the possibility that sports are making our lives worse in the long term is far greater than we could ever imagine. Thus, it is not an unexpected result of a study in which they followed 60 runners for a year - they found that 39 of them developed 55 injuries.
How to find out - with a quality connection within ourselves and accept feelings and insights even when they are inconsistent with our plans and desires.
To become better, we need to exit our comfort zone and go beyond our current abilities, but not always and not at any cost.
The fact is that athletes find it increasingly difficult to progress and remain unharmed due to their reduced ability to concentrate, as today's workouts take place too much by force. What's missing is paying attention to motor intelligence. An athlete should train accordingly for a natural increase in strength and speed, without unwanted side effects and understanding of the equal importance of emotional stability and intelligence for healthy progression towards a set goal.
There are multiple reasons for the state of disconnect between the mind and body. Man's upright posture raised the head above everything else. The human brain is extraordinary, and the most complex thing known to man created by nature. A human's ability to understand and thing surprises and inspires us.
Who is the ego? Ego allows us to change our surroundings to fulfill our needs and wishes or changes us to suit the environment.
Life has been long and increasingly alienated from the body and the natural laws and rules by which the body must function. That's why we constantly face more and more obstacles in a shorter period, which creates a larger need for the ego to intervene – that's how the ego takes the main role in the body-subconscious-conscious system.
Ego is the state of our consciousness that occurs when an obstacle is in our way, and it allows us to defeat or avoid it. Then we direct consciousness to a constricted state and change the mind's functioning to direct the body's functioning and create the appropriate pressure and movement needed to regulate the imbalance and increase homeostasis - thus perceiving a sense of satisfaction and state that we are okay.
The ego itself is neither good nor bad. It is necessary to regulate the environment's attitude and provide the necessary conditions for life, satisfying needs, solving problems, and fulfilling desires.
The point of the story is that no matter how strong the effort put in the wrong direction is, it will not bring the desired or planned results.
With too many unwanted results, injuries, rapid mood swings, chronic fatigue, and an emotional inability to deal with disordered interpersonal relationships, we need to honestly ask and look for answers to why we exercise or train this way.
A well-known tale talks about a master, who, during a talk with a student, picks up a brick and starts polishing it. When the student asks him what he is doing, the master replies, "I am making myself a mirror."
The point of the story is that no matter how strong the effort put in the wrong direction is,it will not bring the desired or planned results.
Determining the correct path of our exercise
Exercise is directing time and effort to change the current state and solve a problem, fulfill a need or a wish to, for example, feel better, be better or gain more abilities that we will need to reach a certain goal. So, it is important to use the limited energy we have for exercise as efficiently as possible. Otherwise, we are losing both time and energy, which increases our lives' inefficiency.