It’s the small things we do everyday that make a difference to our health later on. This round of links highlights posts from around the web on strategies we can implement on a (near) daily basis to keep up our physical well-being. Consider it basic body maintenance (in 5’s).
Bret Contreras shares his thoughts on the 5 Exercises You Should Do Everyday. He provides a convincing rationale for choosing each of the exercises. I might have included some form of spine extension (cobra pose from yoga) or maybe a hip flexor stretch, but never-the-less a solid list.
- Deep Squat
- Hamstring Stretch
- Glute Squeeze
- Crucifix Stretch
- Diaphragmatic Breathing
MDT Exercises For The Neck
The Manual Therapist, Erson Religioso (a former professor of mine) shows us 5 MDT exercises for the neck. MDT stands for Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. It’s a treatment approach based on the principles of the management of musculoskeletal disorders promoted by Robin McKenzie. These exercises are great self treatments and useful for getting us out of the positions our necks are held in when we text and type.
Dan Pope shared a nice video on 5 Stretches To Ease Away Neck Pain. The neck needs motion to stay healthy. Stretches like these help keep the neck flexible and have been shown to be effective for easing neck pain
While we’re on the topic of necks, I’ll add my post on how pillows are like orthotics for our necks. No, that’s not a good thing.
Fixing Overhead Mechanics
Aaron Swanson wrote a great two-part series on improving overhead mechanics. People get in trouble with overhead movement, especially when the shoulders are loaded. Down and back is not always the solution. Many of these overhead problems have to do with postures that interfere with shoulder mechanics. Part two in the overhead concepts series lays out a plan for improving overhead shoulder exercise and fixing some common faults.