What is Appropriate Strength & Balance?
by Dr. David Todd
Appropriate strength and balance for a human being are defined by our ability to adapt to stress from multiple sources while maintaining vertical balance and overall homeostasis. The human body has many natural innate functions which help us maintain the strength and balance necessary for our safety, good health and success in athletics, academics, career, etc. Reflexes, such as the knee-jerk reflex, are an example of one of these body functions which we rely on every day. The muscles involved in reflexes must contract in the correct order to keep us safe from danger as well as to keep us from simply falling down. In a reflex, involved muscles are controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS), so we don't have to think about it. You don't have to be a scientist to realize body systems such as these are vital to not only our health and general well-being but are also vital to our survival. Our body naturally scouts for stress in our environment, processes stresses in the brain and then asks the body to make reasonable changes to keep us alive and safe. When the body systems are not in good working order due to injury, illness, or other factors, our ability to thrive is diminished. We may continue to push through in survival mode, but what cost does this have on your overall health and productivity?
Ask yourself if you want to settle for just surviving (reacting) or would you rather thrive and take charge of your stress by being proactive.
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