Moving with the Passion of an Olympian


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winterolympics2014sochi-lrgUnless you’re a rock, you’ve gotta move at some point. But what really makes moving satisfying and downright wonderful, from running a race to making a sandwich, is the passion and zest you bring to it. How you embrace it.

As I watch the Olympics, I find that what makes Olympic athletes so interesting isn’t just how they move, it’s why they move! The one quality I keep seeing (and marvelling at) is their passion and joy in the act of moving – regardless of the astounding array of disciplines, from figure skating to half-pipe to biathlon, they’re competing in. And afterwards, it’s seeing their faces dreading the scores to come, yet alight with intense satisfaction at having laid down their very best.


What they all have in common is that, in order to perform at peak, their muscle groups have to fire and relax at discrete intervals according to the different movements required for each particular sport. Doesn’t matter where they come from. And here are these guys and gals – all at the top of their game – sprains, aches and pains notwithstanding – all pushing themselves to the extreme of their individual limits with nerves and synapses firing like crazy.

Assuming that most of them are within a hair’s breadth of each other’s physical prowess (pretty accurate when you consider that it’s generally only hundredths of a second between winning gold, silver and bronze), what separates them from their peers? Besides training and preparation, it’s in their determination, resilience and ability to recover – the power located in the “muscles” between their ears!


And the rest of us? We’re all moving at different rates and intensities – some in wheel chairs, some with faltering steps, some with a spring in our steps and some at a sprint. Motivation is a big factor, sure, but if we can’t move as freely as we once did, or lose our desire, we seem to lose our motivation along with it.

Here’s where the “mind over matter” thing kicks into play. Where we – just like those elite athletes – push ourselves to take a walk rather than sit at our computers, take the stairs instead of the elevator, hit the gym or do upper body exercises if we can’t move our legs. It’s that positive, “can do” attitude that gradually translates into finding joy in moving and ultimately leads to a passion for all movement. And the more we practice a positive attitude, the more it becomes a habit – something we need to do.

So, imagine you’re an Olympian and get up, get out and move! Uh…me, too!!!!