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Don't avoid this fantastic exercise!

All the parts of your body are connected to one another, directly or indirectly. Think of a string that is inserted into the center of the top of your head and runs through your entire body connecting & winding around every muscle, joint, tendon, ligament, & bone together. kinetic chain, which means that moving one part of your body can affect another body part.

Now imagine tossing a baseball or hitting a golf ball down the range. When your body twists the movement initiates comes from your knee and hip follow along, and the smooth motion you were making with your throwing arm is disrupted. That's the kinetic chain, connecting all the parts of your body together into a whole. A problem or weakness in one Strengthening your trunk gives you greater stability and power to the whole kinetic chain as you move.

Many practices & movements such as Martial Arts, Pilates, Yoga, Ballet, Bodyweight work, & Kettlebells focus on the core of the body as a way to use and promote strength & good health. The muscles of your trunk—your core—can be strengthened and trained to contract in the proper order to give you this stable foundation for movement.
 
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How to keep proper postureHas anyone ever said to you "stand up straight, & pull your shoulders back"?  You may be thinking yea yea what do they know and why does it make a difference?  Better posture will cause you less back now and in the future.  It is important to train both the anterior & posterior chains.  This can be done by incorporating overall conditioning exercises, flexibility exercises, & abdominal strengthening specifically to the torso & muscles that stabilize the back.
 
We are all guilty of trying to self-diagnose ourselves as to what might be wrong. This can possibly lead to bigger problems if we do not know the exact reasoning and precautions behind the pain or discomfort.   Back pain can be caused from many different aliment such as disc damage (herniated, or bulging disc), tumors, improper form or body mechanics (that can cause joint issues), or muscle spasms to name a few.  
 
One of the best habits that you can begin implementing into your daily routine can be to stand up straight and really open up your back and shoulder griddle.  Your knees, hips, & back will thank you for many days, months, & years to come.  A Here are a few tips to help you get started:
  • You want to make sure that when you are standing with your feet hip or shoulder width apart that you are evenly distributing your weight not just from side to side but, with a focus over the ball of your feet.
  • You want to keep your knees in a comfortable and soft position.  You want to try and avoid locking as it can cause some discomfort if you happen to be double jointed or have hypertension.
  • You DO NOT want any pain in your back so by moving your hips front/ back you should find a position that is pain free and you can sustain the position for a period of time.
  • You want to imagine that a string is coming straight out of the top of your head & someone is above you which is allowing you  to open your back and grow 2 inches. Pull your shoulders back & keep your abdominals tight.
  • You should now be standing straight without to much weight in your heels. This means you are leaning back to far. If you are feeling to much weight in your forefoot you are leaning to far forward.
  • You can readjust and also a great exercise is just standing up against a flat wall to find where the most comfortable & pain free position for your body.
Good Luck & Feel good!

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