Live in an athletic stance for as long as you can, and maintain more quality of life for as long as you are capable.
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The difference between exercises that are mechanical and exercises that are functional may be as simple as whether they are using some variant of the universal athletic position (UAP). Sometimes referred simply as an athletic stance or ready position, it is a position used in nearly all physical activity. Like most children, I was not initially taught this position. It was self-taught through trial and error, in attempts to balance, walk, generate speed, and power. Participation in youth sporting activities only reinforced its importance. The UAP is universal in that, we have all done it.
I, as an able-bodied human-being, have four limbs connected to my torso. It is the seamless interplay and coordination of these drivers in relationship with one another against gravity, where all my movement lie. From the universal athletic position is where sprinters generate their speed, football players generate their power, where dancers draw their grace, and where fighters express their technique. It is the stance I adopt when leaping for my life or fleeing from danger while carrying a child.