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As we discussed in the flexibility article a few weeks ago, flexibility training is a very underutilized , yet critical part, of a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Having the ability to move your muscles through a full range of motion will not only prevent injury, but will also increase your strength and technique over time, as your body can now recruit more muscles fibers and move more fluidly compared to before.

Along with flexibility training, having proper posture is another key that will prevent injuries, while helping you do exercises correctly. Today we are going to focus on why proper posture is so important, and how to correct it if need be.

For this article, I am going to focus on the posture of the upper-body, as this tends to be an issue for most people.

With the emergence of technology, computers, and white collar employment the last few decades, many of our Calgary fitness clients sit at a desk up to 8 hours a day.

The fact that we are a society that sits most of the day has created sedentary lifestyles, but also muscle imbalances that can lead to injury.

For many our Calgary bootcamp members who have desk jobs it is common to see the following characteristics with upper body posture

 

  • rounded shoulders
  • tight pectoral major and minor
  • weak upper back and scapular stabilizers
  • tight neck and trapezius muscles
  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain
  • tight thoracic spine

 

In layman’s terms, this means a rounded back and a slouched posture because the muscles front to back are imbalanced.

No matter how active you are or what you do for exercise, this will never go away until you start to actively target the problem areas.

Improper posture isn’t a big deal in the short term, but the effects come long term in the form of injuries and compensation of other muscles and joints during movement,  if the problem isn’t correctly addressed.

Below are 3 videos with 3 different movements that will help correct posture over time, especially if you are thinking of starting a Calgary Fitness class or bootcamp soon. If you do these exercises every day you will see a massive improvement in the next month.

 

 

Even if you incorporate these movements 3-4x/week you will start to see noticeable improvement in the next 2-3 months.

 

Always here to inspire and motivate you!  David Macdonald and the Vitality Fitness Team

 

Ps- please let us know if you have any questions about the Video!

 

 

 

 

As we discussed in the flexibility article a few weeks ago, flexibility training is a very underutilized , yet critical part, of a healthy and fit lifestyle.

 

Having the ability to move your muscles through a full range of motion will not only prevent injury, but will also increase your strength and technique over time, as your body can now recruit more muscles fibers and move more fluidly compared to before.

 

Along with flexibility training, having proper posture is another key that will prevent injuries, while helping you do exercises correctly. Today we are going to focus on why proper posture is so important, and how to correct it if need be.

 

For this article, I am going to focus on the posture of the upper-body, as this tends to be an issue for most people.

 

With the emergence of technology, computers, and white collar employment the last few decades, many of our Calgary fitness clients sit at a desk up to 8 hours a day.

 

The fact that we are a society that sits most of the day has created sedentary lifestyles, but also muscle imbalances that can lead to injury.

 

For many our Calgary bootcamp members who have desk jobs it is common to see the following characteristics with upper body posture

 

rounded shoulders

tight pectoral major and minor

weak upper back and scapular stabilizers

tight neck and trapezius muscles

neck pain

shoulder pain

tight thoracic spine

 

 

In layman’s terms, this means a rounded back and a slouched posture because the muscles front to back are imbalanced.

 

No matter how active you are or what you do for exercise, this will never go away until you start to actively target the problem areas.

 

Improper posture isn’t a big deal in the short term, but the effects come long term in the form of injuries and compensation of other muscles and joints during movement,  if the problem isn’t correctly addressed.

 

 

Below are 3 videos with 3 different movements that will help correct posture over time, especially if you are thinking of starting a Calgary Fitness class or bootcamp soon. If you do these exercises every day you will see a massive improvement in the next month.

 

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Even if you incorporate these movements 3-4x/week you will start to see noticeable improvement in the next 2-3 months.

 

Always here to inspire and motivate you!  David Macdonald and the Vitality Fitness Team

 

Ps- please let us know if you have any questions about the Video!

 

                       

 

 

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