Training the peripheral nervous system improves balance and stability. Stability is the body’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances. When running along a sidewalk and one foot steps off the paved path, the ability to recover from the sudden change in sensory input i.e. from solid concrete to soft earth, is due to a conditioned nervous system.
Another example could be walking up the stairs to your apartment with a bag of groceries in one hand and your toddler supported in the opposite arm. The tension of your muscles is all that keeps you, your groceries, and your child from tumbling down the stairs.
First and foremost, to achieve this stability, the body and its many different systems must be able to communicate with one another – one nation, undivided. It is for this reason that muscular imbalances and physiological barriers must be eliminated.
Barriers are removed or lessened by corrective stretching. There are many different stretches you can do. By stretching, you are taking command of the musculature. They will no longer oppose you or act with insubordination.
Let’s talk tension. Tension is what creates stability, which we normally refer to as posture. Contracting the musculature creates a tension, which prepares the body for additional load or any resistance. Remember, resistance doesn’t have to be a barbell or even your grocery bag – gravity is a daily form of resistance which our body must contend with.
Holding yourself upright in a healthful posture while standing or sitting requires tension. Once tense, the musculature provides stability for the entire body.
Alas, it has been recognized again and again that our society does not exhibit a healthful posture. This is the cause for many muscular imbalances of which we have spoken.
It is imperative that you understand, the nervous system must be conditioned, meaning long-term patterns of behavior – physical behavior.
Complacency: A Pattern of Behavior
Whether it is hitting snooze or staying in a toxic relationship, complacency is more than just a bad habit. It is a lack of self-leadership.
Poor leadership gets soldiers killed, ruins operations, and leads down a path to tyranny. Avoid it at all costs.
Part of Command and Control is programming – programming yourself to be better: to perform better under time and tension, honor and keep your promises, and support yourself with proper nutrition.
Complacency promotes “staying put” and telling yourself, Just for now.
In reality, you should promote constant improvement, even if only minor improvements are made at a time.
Review the methodology of Setting Definitive Goals: when you see little improvement or success, adjust to frequency of activity rather than an complete overhaul of the activity or goal.
Depression and anxiety also originate from complacency – they are patterns you have become conditioned to adopt in times of stress or dissatisfaction.
When stressed, attempt to identify the root cause.
Meanwhile, if you find yourself unable to eat or sleep, or experience unexpected weight loss or weight gain, search for a psychological cause. Many physiological issues are rooted energetically.
In conclusion, our nervous systems can be conditioned, or programmed. The input determines our long-term patterns of behavior. These patterns make up our lives, so choose carefully how you spend your time and expend your efforts.