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Mobility Exercises

Let Me Go

Originally posted in November of 2014

Sometimes, you hear a song that your soul connects with from the first listen. It's a lovely experience, really, and last night, I put an app called Shazam to good use in identifying the name of this tune that grabbed me within seconds.

Hero, by Family of the Year, feels like it was written for many of us during our coming of age years. Sometimes, you feel immense weight on your heart, and you just want to be free of worry and expectations.

I'm told that this song is a part of the soundtrack for a film that I'd really like to see - it's called Boyhood, and was shot over 12 years by Richard Linklater, chronicling the story of a boy and his family from the time he was 6. Remarkably, Richard cast the actors of this film when the lead was 6 years old, and they gathered once a year to continue shooting. Read more about Let Me Go

 

Yellow

“If we’re going to be called yellow, we’re going to make it beautiful.”

- Jon Chu, Director of Crazy Rich Asians

For the story of how this Chinese-language cover of Yellow came to underscore the final part of Crazy Rich Asians, please read: Read more about Yellow

 

Release Tight Shoulders

This is a look at how to use a massage ball to release a tight shoulder. Specifically, how to work out hypertonicity through the rhomboids and the muscles that make up the bulk of the posterior shoulder region - teres minor, infraspinatus, posterior deltoid, and the lats.

The ball used in this video can be found here:

https://amzn.to/2oJ72Mi Read more about Release Tight Shoulders

 

Very Easy Make Happy

Many thanks and respect to Kane from BuzzFeed and his lovely mom for sharing this with the world. Very easy make happy indeed. :) Read more about Very Easy Make Happy

 

How to Stretch Out Tight Trap Muscles (Upper Shoulder & Lower Neck)

These are two stretches that are effective for stretching out chronically tight trapezius muscles.

Tight traps can be a cause of intermittent shoulder and neck pain, as well as limited back and neck mobility.

Be sure that your body is well warmed up before you do these stretches, and as always, err on the side of the conservative. Read more about How to Stretch Out Tight Trap Muscles (Upper Shoulder & Lower Neck)

 

All of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie.

Juggling and Balance Exercises

Here are some other balance exercises from our YouTube video library:

Variations of squats:
https://youtu.be/ISSnfN9Eulc

Purposeful movement for balance:
https://youtu.be/6DrRRS1H7UI

Deep squat for balance:
https://youtu.be/_r8i_T5Dr1M Read more about Juggling and Balance Exercises

 

Hand Grip Strength - One of the Best Indicators of Health-Related Quality of Life in Old Age

Over the past year, I've noticed an increasing stream of studies that point to hand grip strength as a strong indicator of health-related quality of life in old age. This aligns with mounting evidence that one of the best things we can do to preserve our health as we age is to develop and maintain muscle tissue and the physical strength that it affords. Read more about Hand Grip Strength - One of the Best Indicators of Health-Related Quality of Life in Old Age

 

A Simple Technique to Open Up Stiff Hips

A number of people who have gone through other videos that I've done on hip mobility have mentioned feeling restricted deep within their hip joints while trying to rotate their hips.

This video demonstrates a technique that can help restore joint mobility while lengthening shortened muscles and tendons that inhibit natural range of motion. Read more about A Simple Technique to Open Up Stiff Hips

 

Hanging Progressions and Brachiating Basics

If you are mobile and functionally strong enough to condition your shoulders and scapulae with hanging and swinging exercises, you might begin to work at the progressions in this video.

For an overview of exercise progressions that you can work at to improve your mobility and balance in a systematic way, please feel free to visit our Mobility Exercise Progressions page here: Read more about Hanging Progressions and Brachiating Basics

 

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