It’s Monday, and we all wish it was still Saturday (unless you work weekends). No joke, I actually like Mondays as they are the start of a fresh canvas. How we paint that canvas is up to me and you. Let’s start this week off by setting up your body to perform at it’s best.
Let’s face it, most of us spend way too much time sitting, being sedentary, and not moving. Our bodies don’t like this. Your body conforms to the positions you spend the most time in. When you sit, your shoulders and upper back (among other areas of your body) can get tight and even painful. This is why it is so important to be mindful of your posture, work on incorporating movement throughout your day, and to perform your daily Movement Vault body maintenance.
Equipment needed: 1. Foam Roller. 2. Padded Mat (optional). It’s time to fix your rounded, tight shoulders and upper back. Today we are working on the flexibility, mobility, and stability of your shoulders and your t-spine aka your upper back.
We are starting off with a joint mobilization stretch and activation technique for your upper back. Focus on keeping your core engaged the entire time. Your low back should not arch. Instead, focus on contracting your upper back muscles, creating an arch in your upper back. Next we are working on your shoulder activation and range of motion. Focus on reaching back as far as you possibly can, while pressing your elbow backwards. We are finishing up with a stretch and activation technique for the front of your shoulders, specifically your pec muscles. Focus on pressing your arm and hand down into the ground while you open up your chest.
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