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The Aware Athlete

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Contents

Illustrations

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

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

Chapter 1 Human Origins and the Environment

Chapter 1 Lesson: The Purpose of Posture

Chapter 2 Animal Magic versus Human Magic

Chapter 2 Lesson: Differentiate and Integrate Movement

Chapter 3 Dreams Realized: The Integration of Imagination and Action

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

Chapter 4 Human Learning: Necessary Conditions for the Learning Process

Chapter 4 Lesson: Find Your Learning Zone

Chapter 5 Survival and Fitness: It Is Always about Movement

Chapter 5 Lesson: The Difference between Walking and Running

Chapter 6 Fitness as Self-Fulfillment: Beyond Survival

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

SECTION TWO HOW SCIENCE HELPS US UNDERSTAND HUMAN POTENTIAL

Chapter 7 In the Beginning There Was Belief

Chapter 7 Lesson: Two Kinds of Confidence

Chapter 8 Obtaining the Prize in Modern Life

Chapter 8 Lesson: Mind-Body Focus

Chapter 9 The Plastic Nervous System

Chapter 9 Lesson: Brain Plasticity

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

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

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

Chapter 11 Lesson: Make Fine Distinctions

Chapter 12 Exploration and Self-Fulfillment

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

SECTION THREE REDEFINING FITNESS

Chapter 13 The Beginner’s Mind

Chapter 13 Lesson: It Takes an Open Mind to Learn

Chapter 14 Our Current Fitness Paradigm: The Old Fitness Pyramid

Chapter 14 Lesson: Safely Extend Your Back

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

Chapter 15 Lesson: More Sensitive Use of Your Hands

Chapter 16 The New Fitness Pyramid: Foundation

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

Chapter 17 The New Fitness Pyramid: Process of Improvement

Chapter 17 Lesson: Improve Your Deadlift

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

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

Chapter 19 Being Fit: High Intrinsic Achievement

Chapter 19 Lesson: The Integumentary Lesson

Reading List

Bibliography

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