Physical Literacy


We must not exercise too vigorously for the same reason we must not write in too bold of font. Pressing this hard causes the pages to tear. Stopping the story before we have a chance to turn to the next page.

Handwriting is a telling trait. I usually rough draft these articles in pencil before I put them onto computer. It helps me to see a common correlation that happens with exercise training.

A lot of us are quick to admit that our handwriting is not that good. What makes that so? Like exercise, it is generally rushed and not very well practiced. You do not really care if it looks perfect, so long as the language can be understood or the clothes fit well enough.

If I were to ask you what would it take to improve your handwriting then the answer would quickly come to mind. We must slow down and focus better. And then, handwriting looks pretty good.

The same applies to exercise. In order to improve physical conditioning we must slow down and focus our efforts better. Whenever my hand becomes tired while writing it certainly influences the way words look on paper, the way I am thinking, and how well a message is being expressed. Exercise has the same influence. When a person is tired it effects their form, the motivation to go on, and how well they feel about themselves.

With writing and with exercise, I have found that by slowing myself down and taking a necessary break, it allows me to regain composure and honestly calibrate how much I have in the tank. Asking myself, ‘Is this helping me or hurting me?’ Doing this has helped me to find tremendous growth beyond feeling rewarded by accomplishment, but to actually improve my well-being.

You are the author of your own fitness. Write delicately.

By Trey Tompkins

Trey Tompkins is a local resident who writes fitness columns for the Record-Herald.

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