You can sigh all you want, roll your eyes and click off faster than ever, but I’m not going to give up on messaging how important it is that you include motor skill practice into your routine.

First, a primer. There are three types of motor skills. Locomotor skills produce movement. These include, e.g., skipping, hopping, galloping, and jumping. Nonlocomotor skills qualify movement. These include, e.g., bending, twisting, turning, and zig-zagging. Manipulative skills involve the manipulation of an implement. These include, e.g., throwing, catching, kicking, punting, and striking.

Not whatever, not blah, blah, blah, not yawn. Why? A million reasons, but since I want to keep your attention I’ll spare more details other than to mention:

–The more proficient your skills the greater your self-confidence…
–The more proficient your skills the more engagement choices you have the more likely you will sustain regular engagement…
–Its never too late to hone your skills…

And, once you begin to practice consistently you will be surprised how quickly you can progress to application! Meaning, with a relatively few lessons or sessions with a reputable teaching pro (e.g., tennis, golf) you can be on the court or course. When faced with a learning curve, adults bring focus, determination, and heightened awareness. Our aged joints may prevent the same performance capacity as when we were younger but the compensation is capitalizing on our readiness and motivation to learn. Add in a mature appreciation for how the new activity deepens one’s ‘Footprint, adults tend to be ripe to practice and learn.

Hey, after figuring out how to use your new phone, learning how to hit a 5-iron or topspin forehand will be a piece of cake!