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 The Aware Athlete       

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Contents


Illustrations 8

Foreword. 11

Acknowledgements 16

Introduction. 17

SECTION ONE THE WILD ORGINS OF OUR HUMAN NATURE: WHAT IS IT TO BE HUMAN?. 22

Chapter 1 Human Origins and the Environment 23

Chapter 1 Lesson: The Purpose of Posture. 29

Chapter 2 Animal Magic versus Human Magic 32

Chapter 2 Lesson: Differentiate and Integrate Movement 41

Chapter 3 Dreams Realized: The Integration of Imagination and Action. 44

Chapter 3 Lesson: Imagination and Motion for Improved Movement and Self-Image. 54

Chapter 4 Human Learning: Necessary Conditions for the Learning Process 60

Chapter 4 Lesson: Find Your Learning Zone. 63

Chapter 5 Survival and Fitness: It Is Always about Movement 66

Chapter 5 Lesson: The Difference between Walking and Running. 71

Chapter 6 Fitness as Self-Fulfillment: Beyond Survival 75

Chapter 6 Lesson: The Universal Human Position of Triumph and Celebration. 78

SECTION TWO HOW SCIENCE HELPS US UNDERSTAND HUMAN POTENTIAL 83

Chapter 7 In the Beginning There Was Belief 84

Chapter 7 Lesson: Two Kinds of Confidence. 91

Chapter 8 Obtaining the Prize in Modern Life. 95

Chapter 8 Lesson: Mind-Body Focus 101

Chapter 9 The Plastic Nervous System.. 106

Chapter 9 Lesson: Brain Plasticity. 115

Chapter 10 The Unity of Body and Mind, a More Radical Approach. 118

Chapter 10 Lesson: Use the Wisdom of Your Body to Clarify the Unknown. 128

Chapter 11 A Change in the Brain Can Affect the Physical Structure. 131

Chapter 11 Lesson: Make Fine Distinctions 138

Chapter 12 Exploration and Self-Fulfillment 141

Chapter 12 Lesson: Improve Your Walking, Hiking, or Running on Uneven Surfaces 146

SECTION THREE REDEFINING FITNESS. 152

Chapter 13 The Beginner’s Mind. 153

Chapter 13 Lesson: It Takes an Open Mind to Learn. 168

Chapter 14 Our Current Fitness Paradigm: The Old Fitness Pyramid. 176

Chapter 14 Lesson: Safely Extend Your Back 182

Chapter 15 The New Fitness Pyramid: Learn First, then Train. 188

Chapter 15 Lesson: More Sensitive Use of Your Hands 195

Chapter 16 The New Fitness Pyramid: Foundation. 199

Chapter 16 Lesson: Organize Your Skeleton to Carry a Heavy Weight on Your Head. 213

Chapter 17 The New Fitness Pyramid: Process of Improvement 217

Chapter 17 Lesson: Improve Your Deadlift 228

Chapter 18 The New Fitness Pyramid: Fitness and Training as a Learning Experience. 236

Chapter 18 Lesson:  Come to a Sitting Position by Rolling over an Elbow Support 244

Chapter 19 Being Fit: High Intrinsic Achievement 254

Chapter 19 Lesson: The Integumentary Lesson. 263

Reading List 268

Bibliography 271