What I wish I knew before
I read a book over lockdown called How to Get Strong. It is an old book, published in 1899 and written by William Blaikie.
Back in Blaikie's day, the number one public health enemy was consumption, an affliction of the lungs. So fresh air, deep breathing, and chest opening exercises were important.
One concept of chest opening - opening the chest to give the internal organs more room, able to use more of your lungs and better for body alignment/posture.
I wonder why when I was training as a fitness instructor (many years ago) I wasn't enlightened about some of the common sense of exercise? Or perhaps I wasn't ready to listen. It is so easy to fixate on getting individual leg or arm muscles working without taking account of the bigger picture.
While yoga probably has done a lot to open and stretch the chest, it is nice to have a few exercises to do at home without investing in a yoga class. And although I would love a personal trainer, just a little common sense and a focus on health is enough motivate me to drag a friend down to the park with some dumbbells and a bit of knowledge.
After six weeks of working on these exercises I feel my body working more in alignment and I will be so much more ready to take on more challenges that place more strain on my body.
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