|Posture and Balance
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When it comes to maintaining our physical health and well-being, particularly as we age, focusing on correct posture and balance is essential. In a recent video fitness class led by experienced instructor Cameron Prendergast, the topic of lifting as it relates to posture and balance was explored in depth.
During the class, Cameron emphasized the vital role that our posture and balance play when performing everyday activities, such as turning, reaching, and lifting objects. He pointed out that often, we don’t pay much attention to our body mechanics during these actions, which can lead to strain and potential injury.
The Importance of Proper Lifting Techniques
One of the critical points Cameron brought up was the importance of lifting objects correctly. He demonstrated how the subtle details of how we lift – whether it’s a grocery bag, a grandchild, or a vase on a table – can significantly impact our body’s overall balance and posture.
He cautioned against lifting with a rounded back or reaching out too far from our body to pick up an object. Instead, he stressed the need for maintaining a flat back, bending at the hips, and keeping objects close to our body when lifting. This technique not only ensures better balance but also reduces the risk of injury to our back and shoulders.
Breathing and Core Engagement
An interesting aspect that Cameron highlighted was the role of our breath and core muscles during lifting. He introduced the concept of the ‘transverse abdominis’ – a girdle-shaped muscle around our midsection that, when engaged, acts as a protective shield for our spine.
He guided participants through breathing exercises designed to engage this muscle, reinforcing the idea that a little engagement goes a long way in stabilizing our spine during lifting. The ability to engage these muscles on command, Cameron explained, is like having insurance for your spine.
The Role of Balance
Balance, Cameron explained, isn’t just about standing on one foot. It’s about how we distribute our body weight during movement. He demonstrated various exercises designed to activate different muscle groups, from our toes to our shins and thighs, all of which play a crucial role in maintaining our balance.
Practicing proper lifting techniques, engaging our core muscles, and maintaining balance may seem like small details. But as Cameron’s class showed, these are the building blocks of our everyday movements. Incorporating these techniques into our daily routine can lead to improved posture, better balance, and a reduced risk of injury.