Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Monkeying around

Very important for upper body strength, it turns out.
To understand my assertion we have to start at the very earliest stage, birth. Newborn babies have incredible hand strength; many can hold their full weight from the very first days. This is not unique to homo sapiens but is true of all primates as the baby must be able to cling to the mother while she travels. The big difference between other primates and modern parents is that we tend to treat babies as weaklings, carrying them everywhere, pushing them in strollers, and buckling them tightly into their car seats. As a result of the needless and ill-conceived over-parenting, the children’s normal physical abilities begin to atrophy.
Fascinating. I wish I had developed said upper body strength.


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