Can you relate to how much taller we walk and easier we move on a warm beach, while in the cold seasons we become much tighter and hunched forward? As you probably know, if we do a lot of one type of posturing, our body takes it as the new normal and tries to hold us in this position. This means, we can become really good at the stooped forward look as we try to stay warm during the winter month. Soon our mind follows our body and becomes less happy, too. So we have to keep reminding our body, that we want the tall, loose, happy beach look all year round. To do that, we have to include plenty of back strengthening exercises into our workout routines to keep us upright and to balance the tightness in our anterior muscles. To further aid the muscles in our back, we need to stretch the muscles in the front of our body. Simple!
For instance, the Scapular Bands exercise, as featured in the video and book of the Primary Program of The Intrinsacore Method, is an excellent preparation for other back work exercises. Scapular Bands is a held squat and posterior shoulder isolation exercise. Think of the exercise as 2 actions. The first is the outward rotation of the shoulder with the elbow close to the body. The second action is the activation of the mid and lower trapezius muscle. In order to better feel the contraction in the back of your shoulder, you can ask a workout partner to place their fingers between your shoulder blades. As you rotate your shoulder back, you will feel a nice stretch across your chest. You know you are doing the exercise right if you can pinch their fingers with the LOWER part of your shoulder blades.
For more back exercises check out Levels 2 and 3 of The Intrinsacore Method DVD’s, video downloads , e-books, hard copy books and posters at our store.