All human movement is generated by the muscles and soft tissues acting on one another.Â A muscle contracts across a joint, pulling the segments toward one another, creating movement in that joint.Â In order to get better movement, we should train the muscles, right?
Maria, a client of Myoforce and Perfect Postures, was in so much pain that she could not even sit on the floor and play with her children let alone run the half marathons and sprint triathlons she loved to do. She heard about Aaron and Perfect Postures from a friend who had great success and decided to give their program a shot. Here is what Maria had to say about her experience at Myoforce and Perfect Postures.
It is single leg STABILITY,Â not simply single leg STRENGTHÂ that can prevent low back pain.
Do you know why?
While our ultimate goal may be to heavily load our bilateral lifts,Â our single leg exercises should not be done with a goal of heavy load in mind.
Rather they should be performed with solid form and stability.
Stability in the single leg stance will only help us with our heavy â€œbigâ€ lifts once we establish symmetry from left and right sides.
This weeks blog is not going to be on your typical New Year’s Resolution. AHH sure everyone resolves to eat better and nearly everyone resolves to exercise more in 2011 than they did in 2010.
I am here to tell you that your first resolution should be to move well first before moving often. What I mean is having people realize that more often than not the reason why they keep getting on and off the their fitness kicks is largely because they move inefficiently. The old mantra coined by Nike, “Just Do It.” is good and all, but just do what? It may be implying that we should just move and that is good…if you can. It should preface, move well first, then move often.
It is obvious that exercise has all the potential in the world to help improve us physically, emotionally and psycho-socially but if there are significant limitations in movements like squatting, lunging, pushing or pulling due to previous injury or deconditioning, the body will take the path of least resistance (the law of facilitation). Eventually this will cause injuries elsewhere and thus cause a person to fall off the band wagon, get discouraged and give up as they have in the past.
To have a fit plan for life, each person needs to know what their respective weakest links are with respect to movement. We all know what are weaknesses are for foods i.e. sweets, junk food etc., but not too many people know what types of movements causing more harm than good. As a result they “play it safe” by starting with a little cardio on the bike or on the treadmill largely because peoples options for movements are limited so we go with boring, mundane exercises that just reinforce bad movements and expedite the process of falling off the fitness bandwagon. Exercise should invigorate us but instead most people act like hamsters on a wheel for 20 or 30 minutes while they read gossip in the weekly tabloids. Not to say that is a bad thing entirely, but not being cognoscente of what’s going on with the different parts of your body while you’re moving is setting you up for failure. I’m not saying that you need to be a yogi or Tai Chi guru, but tuning yourself out and ignoring what your body is telling you is not a good idea.
So don’t just resolve to go to the gym, resolve to move well first, then move often. Restoring the authentic movement you had when you were younger is not an impossible feat, it simply takes effort and focus. In the long run, you’ll be really happy you did.