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We don’t think much about breathing. We do it all day, every day. After all, if we’re not breathing, we’re not alive. But are you breathing correctly? There’s a lot of focus on training and working out. There is even significant attention given to nutrition, but you have to talk about breathing to when you’re trying to learn how to be healthier inside and out.
It’s critical that you practice breathing, and train yourself to do it the right way. When you aren’t breathing correctly, training can become much more difficult. As you exert your body, and get out of breath, correcting your breathing can be the key to getting you safely through your workouts and enjoying maximum results from your efforts.
People are always surprised, but when people ask me what’s the most important thing to do to be healthy, I tell them breathing. Your breath practice can be the difference...
A common misconception about the word mobility is that it means someone is flexible. This is actually an inaccurate definition. To have mobility is not about flexibility, and it’s also not about strength - though both of those elements are components of mobility. It’s about range of motion. Mobility defined is the ability of a joint to move actively through a range of motion, and for the body to be stable while completing that motion.
Just because you are flexible or strong doesn’t mean you’re stable. Picture someone trying to reach for an item and being off balance. While they can stretch their limb without pain, if they don’t have mobility, they are not stable enough to do it without falling or becoming imbalanced.
A lot of injuries can occur due to a lack of mobility. If you overextend yourself while working out, or even just doing day to day activities, you can become injured. Your joints can be hyper-extended, your tissues and muscles...
Functional movement is a phrase used by gym trainers and both big and small facilities. It’s a phrase I don’t really like because of the misconceptions about what it means. People will call something a functional movement class or exercise, and they use it as a buzzword, without explaining what functional movements are.
Functional movements are those movements that help us with everyday life. For example, an athlete needs to be able to bend, squat, run, leap, etc… These are all functional movements. A mom at home needs to be able to bend over to pick up her kids or squat down to empty the dishwasher. So a functional movement is something you need to be able to do in daily life.
Your functional movements are core-centric. A great example of one is the squat. This is actually a resting position. Interestingly enough, as children, most people are able to easily perform this movement. Then, as we age, we become less able to squat if we’re not...