Emphasize Your Weakest Link
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Our bodies are complicated machines with lots of moving parts. Often, when we train, we end up overemphasizing the parts of us that are already strong, and ignore the parts that might need a bit of help. It’s understandable. No one wants to feel weak! But the fact of the matter is if we don’t focus on those weaker muscles, we may end up with imbalances and injuries (which I assure you is much worse than feeling weak!).
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3 Tips to Improve Your Posture
Establishing and maintaining good posture is an important but often overlooked aspect of health and wellbeing. Having misaligned posture negatively impacts our comfort, sleep quality, sports performance, breathing, and even our metabolism! The body is a complicated machine, and when parts are out of alignment, it can’t function properly. In our society, we spend a lot of time sitting down. This leads to imbalances in our posture. The typical posture we see and experience is what is often called “the Donald Duck posture”. Our hips tighten from sitting, which pulls our pelvis into an anterior tilt, making our butts stick out. Then, to compensate, we pull our chest up and out by tightening with our lats, opening up our ribcage and shutting down our deep abdominal muscles. Now that our lats are tight from all that chest-puffing, our shoulders begin to roll forward, and our shoulder blades pull away from each other.
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All Movements Create Physical Imbalances
All physical activity inevitably contributes to some sort of physical imbalance. It doesn't matter which exercises you perform or what sport you engage in—no form of movement works the body in perfect symmetry. Even simple daily movements like sitting and standing favour different muscles, affecting both our strength and our posture. In other words, just by virtue of moving your body, you contribute to physical imbalances—we are constantly pushing...
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