Why Strengthen Your Muscles?
By Mary Ellen Coffey
Let's face it, exercising is somewhat time consuming, and sometimes a little hard, but when you take on a consistent strength training routine, and you work towards strengthening the muscles required to squat, push, pull, press, hinge, rotate, and move in all directions you're essentially helping your body to move more efficiently.
Imagine looking over your shoulder to back up your car, or change lanes, and you pull a muscle in your neck because you weren't able to rotate your torso enough, or possibly you just don't know the correct way to rotate your torso without pulling into your neck.
Or, maybe you bend down to pick something up off the floor, and hurt your back because you didn't brace your core first. Maybe you don't know how to brace your core, or the correct way to bend down. One of the great things about strength training is that it teaches us body awareness, which in turn, improves the way we move our bodies.
Inefficient movement, and weakness in one area of your body could negatively impact another area of your body. But, a consistent strength training program will assist in balancing out your muscles while improving your ability to perform your daily and favorite activities not only longer, but injury and pain free.
So hit the gym, or workout at home, and start your journey towards strength, health, vitality and proficient movement!
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