Pro Tip of the day: Being able to turn off muscles is just as important as turning them on. If your muscles are always on aka contracted, you will not be able to move that joint as well. If you have a muscle that is fully contracted you will simply not be able to move that joint. This isn’t usually the case, but does happen in extreme neurological conditions. What does usually happen is a very low level constant contraction in a muscle, which causes that muscle and joint to be tight. This is usually caused by your body trying to protect itself due to a previous injury, or because it doesn’t feel safe in a certain position. Take tight hamstrings for instance. This is usually due to your body wanting to protect your low back. It does this by trying to stop you from bending over. This is achieved by “creating” tight hamstrings. I could go on for pages on this topic, but I will stop here. Have fun today!

Equipment needed: 1. Padded Mat (optional). We’ve got a jam packed, shorter routine for you today! We are working on the flexibility, mobility, and stability of the entire body.

We are starting off with 90/90 transitions. The key with these is to use as much support as you need. This could mean 2 hands or 1 hand down behind you for support. Focus on driving your knees apart while you transition. We are then working on a movement that works on hip and spine mobility, as well as core stability. Remember to push your hips back and to the side when lowering. Finally, we are working on a shoulder and core activation movement. Try to lift the front of your chest as high off of the ground as possible as you reach.

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