Forget the euphemism, think literally and watch this video.

Who knew chickens made such good dancers?

You may be wondering if I am a drumstick short of a bucket having watched this and trying to decipher its relevance to the usual topics of athleticism and implausible recovery. Let me make the link.

Our head contains some of our major sense organs, especially the ones that allow us to perceive space in three dimensions. We have two eyes, two ears and two nostrils that give us a steady stream of information about our world and allow us to compare sides, which enables us to sense depth.

Inside the ears are the structures that largely govern our balance (along with our eyes, in sighted people, at least). We most commonly balance with our head in the position it assumes when we stand – where our eyes are focused forward in such a way that if we drew a line at eye height parallel to a flat floor, our eyes would be looking in this direction.

Our spine and our neck is designed with lots of mobility that serves many purposes, one of which being to easily keep our head in this position of optimal balance with minimum effort.

When we walk or run forward, our head moves forward and may bob up and down a little but stays in the same position, facing forward with our eyes on the horizon. If the neck wasn't so flexible, with every step our head would follow the twist and slight backward bend of our upper torso, meaning we could only look at the horizon if our eyes did this completely independently of the head. The eyes can do this but our balance tends to be best when the eyes and the organs of the inner ear are both in the balanced position.

This explains our chickens grooving. With their eyes fixed on a stationary object, they want to keep their eyes and head still so they allow the bodies to be taken around their heads via their flexible necks.

The freer the neck is, the easier it is to balance. The easier we can balance, the more athletic we can be.

I'm not a drumstick short of a bucket after all. Striving for the chicken neck is invaluable in athletic development.

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