The Free Dictionary describes dynamic balance as, "The ability to anticipate and react to changes in balance as the body moves through space." In the movement world we classify balance as either dynamic or static, but the body is never truly still, as being static implies. The seemingly opposing definitions of balance create a balance of their own. What does this mean to you? Maybe it's time to ask yourself what balance means to you?
In a world of having and doing, getting and producing, I suspect most of us can more readily identify with dynamic balance as opposed to static. Rarely do we feel a sense of stillness or equilibrium.
I recently had a conversation with my daughter who, two weeks post-Christmas, is constructing a new list of goals, dreams and desires that includes a lot of stuff. I reminded her of all the wonderful gifts she received and the thank you notes that she still needs to write. This prompted a discussion about gratitude, which ended with me reiterating my personal definition: gratitude is not giving up your goals, dreams and desires, it is appreciating what you have now on the way to those goals, dreams and desires. One without the other creates imbalance.
Reflecting on your own sense of balance, being aware of what that means to you, helps you appreciate where you are and what you have on the way to what you want to be and do. As we work to improve our health and fitness, we need to consider balance. Not enough rest and recovery prevents your body and mind from fully experiencing the benefit of progression and overload. Professionals can help you find your personal balance but can not feel what you feel and do not live your life. You are your own best advocate but, conversely, can be your own worst enemy. Somewhere in the middle lies a balance between movement and stillness, it's up to you to find yours.
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