Aiming to achieve symmetry between both halves of our body is essential for keeping our body balanced and injury-free. It's good to practice symmetrical movements both during exercise and as we move throughout the day.
Here are three ways to improve our symmetry.
1. Form straight lines with your body whenever possible (we like to call this the Lines Principle).
Here our physical therapist lowers into a squat before lifting both arms (each with a 5 lbs Gravity Ball) straight out in front and then out to her side to form one straight line parallel to the ground. She's able to strengthen her lower body while simultaneously targeting both sides of her shoulders/arms and upper back in one smooth movement.
2. Practice pulling your arms or feet away from the Gravity Ball's center (when using the Gravity Ball's loop straps)
Doing this will allow you to strengthen and balance the smaller ancillary muscles of the shoulders/shoulder complex [the shoulder joint and the muscles stabilizing the scapula or shoulder blade] and the finer muscles running along the outer hips and thighs which may not get regular attention.
Remembering to practice symmetrical movements both during exercise and throughout our day to help eliminate and prevent pain, skeletal imbalances and improve mobility and strength. Choose one of these tips to try today!