Is your body ready for summer sports? The seasonal shift into warmer months tends to transport our training routine from gym-based bodybuilding to al fresco aerobics. And while the switch to outdoor fitness boasts a bevy of benefits, such as improving mental health and increasing workout adherence, many exercise enthusiasts will sustain injuries from not preparing their muscles for new movement patterns.
The human body has five fundamental movement patterns: hinging, lunging, pushing, pulling, and rotating. For the muscles and joints to stay safe and secure, it’s important to implement exercises that strengthen these components. Yet, many of us forget this valuable fit tip. Over time, this will cause structural imbalances and weak spots to develop, making atrophied areas susceptible to strains and sprains.
Summer sports such as pickleball, golf, swimming and tennis rely heavily on one of the most neglected movement patterns: rotation. Every time you swing a racquet, bat or club, or propel your body weight through water, the stabilizer muscles, which are responsible for rotation, go to work.
Reduce your risk of rotational-related injuries with the following torso-toning workout. You will need a medicine ball, soccer ball, or basketball for this circuit. For best results, complete three times.
Lunge with a twist
Stay safe this summer by practicing preventive exercises. Benjamin Franklin said it best: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”