You have no idea how excited I am to write this article!
Breaking Bad is my favourite televisual or written story ever.
If you haven't seen it or haven't heard of it, I will say the same thing, in my very northern way, to you that I have said to everybody else who has said this to me:
Sort your life out and watch it or I really don't know how much longer we can be friends for!
Seriously though, when you have some spare time, get stuck into it.
It's about a middle aged chemistry teacher who is living a bland life, full of regret and frustration.
When his health takes a turn for the worst, with his family and medical bills to consider, he decides to put his chemistry knowledge to work...
by beginning to manufacture crystal meth.
It's about what happens when a seemingly 'good' man does 'bad' things.
Can a good man become bad?
How does this apply to your athleticism?
Well let me ask you this:
Have you ever done something bad for you in your life?
Has it led to more bad decisions
or did you learn from it and it make your better?
I think the difference between carrying on making bad decisions or not has something to do with how you let what you did feel normal.
If your bad decisions are small and easily justifiable, they can easily become a new norm.
And from a new norm, another small bad decision is easy.
This process can rollover upon itself,
bad compounding on bad,
until you're doing things that are unrecognisable to where you started.
We make bad athletic movement habits like this.
We often sacrifice a bit of our postural 'integrity' to meet a pressing demand from our environment.
It's so small, we don't even realise we did it.
And then from our new norm, where we operate with lower 'integrity', we repeat the process.
Soon enough, we don't resemble our former self...
we have lost our postural integrity and freedom.
It's how stealing a pack of chewing gum can turn into thieving larger and larger items...
and it's how you go from having a bit of a stiff hip to having the mobility of a rusty Tin Man.
Bad habits, in life or sport, sneak up on us.
How can we undo these unwelcome intruders?
Tune in tomorrow for some thoughts on how.
Arton "Don't meth about" Baleci