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  • Coordination and Proprioception: Connecting my brain to my body

    Phigment and I went to the gym today for Strength and Balance class. We were both anticipating a sort of Tai Chi, stretching, etc. type of class. We got a very confusing Zumba with stations.

    I am not a coordinated person. I am not sure I can stress how uncoordinated I am. I don't dance unless I am very drunk. I can't throw or catch a ball. I was always last picked at kickball. I am that person. So..this class was not fun for me. It was very frustrating.

    All of this leads to my question: At 47 what are the chances of gaining some coordination? I have always wanted to dance, would like to have some brain/body conversation happening. Can this happen if I keep working at it or am I doomed and should find other forms of movement?

    Thanks for all helpful comments!
    You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

    Age 48
    height 5'3
    SW 215 lbs
    CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
    LW 172 lbs
    GW 125ish lbs

  • #2
    I was the girl who was always picked last unless the girl with the back brace was among the choices.

    I took a circuit training/core fitness class for a year. I was 46/7. I was so terribly uncoordinated at first that I would literally have to look at the limb I wanted to move and make sure it went where it was supposed to go, and then check in the mirror and look at the instructor and check again. Naturally the instructor would already be on to the next thing and I'd have to start over, but eventually I got somewhere for most things. Getting over the taboo about looking at myself in the mirror was pretty hard, but I did it. I say just keep at it, so long as it's somewhat fun, and you'll get better. It works for other things, too. I've been playing fiddle once a week for 5 years and it's finally starting to sound like music.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #3
      Every time I read your posts I am inspired! Thanks for going there first
      You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

      Age 48
      height 5'3
      SW 215 lbs
      CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
      LW 172 lbs
      GW 125ish lbs

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      • #4
        Find a local gymnastics place that has an adult gymnastics class.

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        • #5
          Yeah, gymnastics.... also bare foot balance work with escalating difficulty is good to. For instance on two feet on balance ball.... two feet with eyes closed, then one foot, then one foot eyes closed, two foot eyes closed squates.... ect.

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          • #6
            I believe that for those of us our age, PE was a pretty cruel experience for some of us. In elementary school, PE was all about team sports, often fairly violent ones, but almost always team sports that naturally favored boys over girls. When I was in elementary school my mom sewed my clothes. It was really common for moms to sew clothes back then. She favored cute little dresses and patent leather shoes for me. You simply cannot play football in a pinafore and patent leather shoes. Things didn't improve much in Jr. High and High School, although wearing a uniform helped some and having segregated classes for a spell was a relief for me at least.

            Back in the 90s I decided to take up hiking because I wanted to go to Nepal with a friend. I started hiking about 4 days a week up steep mountains. It was a great experience for me. I got strong. I could hike 16 miles in a day. I also started riding my bike up the mountains. It was a steep mountain, low gear on my mountain bike all the way, and eventually medium-low gear with the middle front chainring instead of the smaller one. I still remember a day when it suddenly occurred to me that I was actually an athlete. The realization blew me away and I realized all those years of torture just hadn't been fair to the solo endurance athletes among us.

            I share this because just because you were one way in school doesn't mean it's an accurate assessment of your athletic ability.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              Great post SB! I was one of the uncoordinated, non athletic, never picked for teams kids too. I hated PE! I was so glad when I was in Highschool we had archery as an option. I don't know if they do a better job now of teaching PE, but when I look back I can't help but think they could have taught me something. I just learned (I'm 53) last year how to do a real push up and chin up. When I was in school no one taught you how to do them, you either could do them or you couldn't.
              Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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              • #8
                SB and Urban.. exactly! PE was a nightmare that left some deep scars! Maybe thats why that class effected me so yesterday. thanks for sharing!

                Mr A and NH I think you overestimate my current abilities I need to start a little slower than gymnastics
                You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                Age 48
                height 5'3
                SW 215 lbs
                CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                LW 172 lbs
                GW 125ish lbs

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                • #9
                  Try some things at home that will improve your balance. Things like walking lunges, step ups on a crate or chair, donkey kicks, things like that. For me, exercises that worked one side (leg) at a time made a big difference.
                  My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread82833.html

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by valmason01 View Post

                    Mr A and NH I think you overestimate my current abilities I need to start a little slower than gymnastics
                    No, a good beginner gymnastics program will give you the best bang for your buck by using progressions to help you learn, while also ensuring proper form so that you advance efficiently while minimizing risk. You can learn coordination and body awareness on your own, but your progress will be much slower.

                    I recently took a 12 year old girl with MS and zero gymnastics background from not being able to climb her feet up a wall into even a partial handstand to doing freestanding handstands and front flips off a trampoline...in the span of 5 lessons.

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                    • #11
                      I wish I could take a class with Mr. Anthony! I've never seen an adult gymnastic class in my area. In fact most of the movement classes don't seem to be for absolute uncoordinated beginners.
                      Last edited by Urban Forager; 10-27-2013, 09:44 AM.
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                      • #12
                        Egads, I took ballet, tap and gymnastics as a kid. The gymnastics was the worst. The ballet teacher would grab your body and stretch it herself. It was cruel. Fortunately, being a chubby kid, I didn't have enough natural talent to continue with the gymnastics. I couldn't tumble, do flips and all that stuff the skinny kids could do. I could do a back bend and maybe a handstand but that was about it. More torture from the 1970s.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          exactly...whether gymnast ics or zumba. The gym I joined does have aqua classes so I am going to start there along with some structured machine work. That's not my fave by a long xhot but the fibro has been kicking my butt and I need sone guidance. I can't really afford one on one 0. this is my compromise. It is a start and not where I will stay.

                          Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                          I wish I could take a class with Mr. Anthony! I've never seen an adult gymnastic class in my area. In fact most of the movement classes don't seem to be for absolute uncoordinated beginners.
                          You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                          Age 48
                          height 5'3
                          SW 215 lbs
                          CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                          LW 172 lbs
                          GW 125ish lbs

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                          • #14
                            thanks...that sounds like a great idea!

                            Originally posted by Huarache Gal View Post
                            Try some things at home that will improve your balance. Things like walking lunges, step ups on a crate or chair, donkey kicks, things like that. For me, exercises that worked one side (leg) at a time made a big difference.
                            You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                            Age 48
                            height 5'3
                            SW 215 lbs
                            CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                            LW 172 lbs
                            GW 125ish lbs

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                            • #15
                              Yoga improved everything I did physically. I play better tennis, dance better, walk better, swim better, I'm pretty sure I'm also better in bed I'm taller (I grew an inch!), have better balance, better posture, and... better co-ordination It's amazing. Best thing is: you dont need to be remotely athletic to do it! It makes you athletic.

                              Start with Hatha. Find a good teacher. Dont just go to a class in the gym. <3

                              For inspiration:

                              93-year-old New Yorker officially named as the world&#39;s oldest yoga teacher - YouTube
                              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                              - Ray Peat

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