Many of you reading this are aware of the differences betweeen voluntary and involuntary muscle action .
Most of us exercise to increase the strength and coordination of our voluntary skeletal muscle.
Some of us do this mainly for looks, others do this for function.
It takes repetition and after repetition to develop something that happens smoothly and effortlessly.
Think of some of the worlds best baseball pitchers, olympic lifters and kettlebell sport athletes. Most anyone can understand what is “supposed” to happen but they just cant execute it.
Proper repetitious training connects the nervous system to the muscular system.
The more you do something the easier it becomes.
Your training can even effect others around you. They can absorb your movements and feed from the energy that you put off. It is powerful.
There are also many things that can cause muscle atrophy.
Aging, malnutrition, trauma, disease, even lack of use.
Its the lack of use that Im concerned with here.
Were so caught up in all the muscles that move us and keep us looking a certain way that I think many of us are forgetting of several really important muscles involved in our day to day lives. Muscles that can change the feeling of a room when they flex.
You see I had a dream last night that totally shook me. It was a dream where I was stuck in a place where no one smiled. (Sort of like the internet)
Somehow I came to the thought that the longer you go without smiling , the harder it is to start. Remember it takes voluntary muscle action to smile.
Im sure someone can prove this wrong, remember it was just a dream, but weve all seen and felt the lack of connection to our muscles we feel when we havent done a motion in a long time.
Think of the last time you did a front flip off the diving board. Could you do it now??
Makes you think doesnt it.
When was the last time you were smiling uncontrollably?
Did your face hurt?
Im talking about SMILE ATROPHY HERE!!! THIS IS SERIOUS!!
You shouldnt be afraid to let people around you know youre happy.
Smiling is contagious.
Start watching more comedy instead of The Walking Dead.
Get more laughter in your life.
Stick a fake mustache on your mirror.
Get a pet a goofy one. (a Black Pug named Bruce is a good example)
Whatever you feel you need to do to smile more everyday make it a priority.
Sometimes when your in a great environment for physical, mental and spiritual well being, it can feel as those smile producing muscles can become involuntary.
I dont care how much of a hardass you are. You can brand yourself as a stone cold powerlifting trainer to a World Class MMA Coach. But when you teach someone something that makes their life better and they crack a smile, even for the shortest second, It fucking feels good.
Lifes stresses can build up fast .
But as far as your smile……
USE IT OR LOSE IT!
Go ahead call me a sappy fucker now… just dont be the one with the forgotten smile and share with your grumpy friends.