Martin Luther King, Jelly and CrossFit
No speech in modern history has encapsulated an audience like Martin Luther King’s Speech on Capitol Hill. King was not only a civil rights pioneer, he was a free thinker. King’s views on a reduced working week horrified some American economists to the point that they labelled him as an extremist. King felt humans were degrading their life experience by becoming slaves to an existence.
Martin Luther King not only believed in freedom for all, but for a quality of life that enriched the body, mind and spirit. These are such common terms that they have little or no effect on us now in 2013. What is our quality of life? How do we measure it? Can we even talk about it without sounding bohemian or “hippy”?
There has never been a time in recent history where we expose ourselves to more stimuli; social networks, mobile phones, interactive gaming. None of these stimuli will help your “caveman” body or digestive system prosper. Neither will sitting at your computer or driving (in seated position) to and from work; to do what when you get home? Get 20 minutes to yourself to sit down and relax…
Something is wrong with the deal we have done with ourselves as humans. We are optimised to move, grow, and burn energy the same way we have done for millennia. Very simply put, we are now Jelly. Jelly moves when it’s pushed or shaken. When we see our life deteriorate, or need to vent stress, i.e. we are pushed, we turn to fitness or increased movement to save us.
MovNat and CrossFit are providing us with a new viewpoint on the vessels we walk around in. And in most cases our experience of these “movements” initially will have such an impact that we will become preachy, and the society in which we live will again put our views in a corner.
Look at the streets of Belfast at night, the arteries of the City are filled with runners. The city centre is dotted with professionals with “workout” bags. The City has cycle lanes, with well cyclists.
In 2013 we have now decided that we don’t need to become Jelly’s, we can move and motivate ourselves, using these social media platforms to encourage our further progression away from this norm. They say the revolution will not be televised, but that song by Gill Scott Heron came before YouTube.
The revolution is being televised, please tune in.
Guest contributor – Brian Flinn – “a white collar worker striving to find a path to fitness enlightenment”.
As a friend of Metal Rhino and a trainee at Fitworx gym, Brian Flinn will be contributing to the Fitness Hub blog whenever fitness enlightenment shines his way.