This kind of links to the previous non-dominant hand usage blog post - found here - but I’ve been wondering for a while, after going to a workshop run by Udo Neumann (one of the climbing world's most highly respected and sought after Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition, & Motor Control Experts - if you’ve not heard of him you should have a look at his stuff here) a few years ago. Udo Neumann talked quite a lot about practising movements that challenge your brain, like for example using your left hand on the right side of your body and vice versa or coordinating the movement of your right arm and left leg or vice versa.
Whilst I think it would be awesome if everyone did have a positive body image and was happy with their performances in the relevant areas I know this is a very personal thing so can’t be forced - I do think being positive and encouraging towards everyone irrespective of their outward appearance is the right, and nice, thing to do but I do want to talk a bit about the effect that this might have on people as well...I appreciate that this is likely to be quite controversial but it is something that I feel is worth mentioning - maybe because it’s something that is close to my heart but with that in mind I will do my best to keep perspective.
After a long week of work there is nothing better than a takeaway that you know isn’t healthy but just tastes so good! I know that I'm missing being able to pick up a pizza or a curry after work on a Sunday night.
Who's getting bored of toast or cereal for breakfast? I know I am. Something like pancakes is my usual fall back option if I'm not in the mood for the usual. But even fresh pancakes can get boring after a while.
As you may have already seen, the team has been producing amazing content about keeping our bodys in peak fitness. However, it's not going to work all that well if you're eating cake and junk food all day long. (Which is tempting around easter anyway..!)
Our building, like many others in the town, has an interesting history. It is a category C listed building and was designed in 1888 by Edinburgh based architect Sydney Mitchell. There are links between the building and Ben Nevis - Sydney Mitchell designed the Ben Nevis summit observatory and the Ben Nevis low level meteorological observatory for the Scottish Meteorological Society. The observatories were operational from 1883-1904 and 1889-1904 respectively. While the summit observatory is now in ruins, the category B listed low level observatory is still standing on Achintore Road, Fort William and is now known as Glentower guest house. Sydney Mitchell was the son of Sir Arthur Mitchell, a founder member of the Scottish Meteorological Society. The preliminary plans for the summit observatory were drawn up in 1855 by Thomas Stevenson, another founder member of the society and father of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island. Which brings us back to our building, home of Oliver’s metaphorical pirate ship……
Conveniently - thinking about motivation today mine is certainly being tested - the sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day and I mostly just want to sit outside against the south facing wall of my house and bask...however I also know, somewhere deep down, that this routine I have built for myself during the lockdown, up at 6am Monday - Friday, still only having fancy weekend breakfasts at the weekends, zoom calls at specific times etc. is probably the main thing that is keeping me going, anxiety levels are fluctuating but the thought that someone, somewhere might be finding what I’m musing about useful and/or interesting is enough to keep me going at the moment. (hey, if that’s not true, let me know in the comments and I’ll just spend some time researching puppies).
In a previous article I mentioned my somewhat intimidating flatmate from a few years back in Edinburgh with her theory of: ‘it doesn’t matter what you do but you should definitely do something’.