At a recent boxing session, Coach Mike said, “Always be moving.” His reasoning was that you are literally trying not to get hit by your opponent (I do not spar, just train with the gloves and bags). His mantra demonstrates the importance of staying active. As with life, you try to avoid those punches, dodge the jabs and block the uppercuts. However, as my dad will remind me: "Do not mistake activity with productivity." Movement for the sake of movement is not especially effective, and can often be exhausting or predictable.
But intentional movement means that you have momentum, that you are dictating your next step, that you are on the offensive. You have the control. I like to think that if I keep moving, whether it just a quick juke to avoid oncoming conflict or take a step forward, I am actively initiating. I am improving, I am testing something new, I am building endurance, I am preparing myself for the real knocks.
If I continue to take classes to learn new skills, or read more books, or talk to more people, or work on side projects, or write more posts, I am in an active role.
The best boxers are the ones who never stop moving.