The Sedentary Problem
We are living in a sedentary culture doomed to experience joint pain, stiffness and so much more.Whether you are an adult, adolescent or child you are all going through the same thing.Kids sit all day at school, adolescent sit all day in college and adults are sitting all day at work.Poor posture has become the norm. To most people I work with, they would define standing up with proper posture as "awkward" or "uncomfortable."
So what is the problem?
The human body is designed to adapt to whatever it is required to do. In specific, it will adapt to whatever action(s) it performs most.The problem is that most people go to gyms to become more fit but come out worse than they started.Let's say you work on a computer for a living, your body is programmed to sit with no support (or engagement) from the legs or core. It knows that the shoulders need to roll forward to comfortably lie the hands on the keyboard; and it will commonly jut the head forward in order to accommodate visual fatigue.When you go to the gym your body will do the same. Your legs and core will have trouble properly engaging which will leave your knees and low-back susceptible to injury.Your shoulders will roll forward which will leave your more susceptible to injury in the neck and/or shoulders.On a basic level, the body will rebel. That's why most clients find it awkward to get into proper positions even when working with them for a while.
How do you fix the problem?
Simply put, you need to address your tight (or immobile) spots, your weak (or non-engaged) spots and your unstable spots.For the example above you would want to stretch your hip flexors, your pectorals and your upper trapezius predominantly.You'd want to strengthen the muscles in between your shoulder blades, your glutes (butt) and your abs.Lastly, you'd want to perform stability exercises that exhibit hip extension, thoracic extension and cervical flexion.All of these things simply put are the opposite of what your body is doing day to day for work.
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