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3.31.2019

Weightlifting as balance (ing) therapy

Sundays I weightlift at an EoS fitness around the corner from my house. Currently, we are working on exercising my weaker muscles. This will bring the strength of my right side more in line with my left.

When I was injured in the car accident,  my right basal ganglia was one of the major bleeds that resulted. The basal ganglia regulates resting muscle twitch; muscle twitch is the prime determinant of strength; this means that my left side is naturally stronger than my right. However,  for the longest time, I've been concentrating on strengthening my right side.  However in my neck I've been using that (unearned)  muscle strength as a crutch. Id est, when swallowing I turn or tilt my head slightly left to strengthen my swallow; this has caused my left side side of the check to compararatively hypertrophy, conversely my right side is suffering from slight atrophy.

We are endeavoring to bring my sides into  alignment; from my biological background,  esp. those lessons on psychology notably the neuroplasticity of the brain and its susceptibility to routines and patterns. Making neuropathways is relatively easier than breaking bad pattern pathways.

I try to maintain balance, but it's hard with a naturally right aligned brain which is only exacerbated by right side brain trauma. This causes all sorts of deleterious patterns to emerge.

Yet another obstacle to increased fitness is my brain's natural tendency to forget; id est, ther stimuli must remain constant to be effective, because my brain naturally forgets and is highly susceptible to lethargy. Moreover because I am so intelligent and value efficient, I am naturally prone to laziness. It is a constant bane to my existence. My wont is to omit superfluous steps. I must remain vigilant to constantly fight the urge to always take shortcuts, they are indubitably alluring, a stitch in time; they are my Edenesque fruit of knowledge of good and evil.  I mustn't succumb to temptation.

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