How often do you get your arms overhead? If you’re like most of us, you don’t spend much time reaching, hanging, swinging or otherwise getting your overhead groove on!I have always been enthusiastic about moving the arms and shoulders and believe that hanging, swinging and other overhead activities are important. Now I’m even more committed to how crucial these movements are for general health and well being throughout our lives! As you may know, I spent a week in Arizona at a dissection course run by Anatomy Trains (you can read more about that here!). This course focuses on fascia, and as such the cadavers we worked with were fresh, unpreserved tissue (the process of preserving destroys most of the fascia, rendering it useless for study purposes). One of the things that really sticks with me is that we could SEE the results of how people moved and didn’t move throughout their lives.
So let’s get moving!
If you are walking around during the day, even a little bit, you are using your legs, load bearing and moving within the hip sockets. We don’t, however, need to get our arms up overhead in the course of our everyday lives. Maybe drying your hair, maybe reaching for something on a high shelf every now and then. But as a regular thing, you use your legs more than your arms. Getting your arms up and load bearing, taking the weight of your body (all or even part of it!) doesn’t just address upper body strength.
Life Long Benefits of Hanging!
- challenges your core
- opens your chest and even your hips (depending on your positions as you move)
- can be an amazing cardio event
- activate the muscles of respiration, improving breathing
- increase movement and circulation that affect breast health
- increase grip strength
- improve the alignment of your shoulder joint by using all the available angles and positions
- give you great pipes
- make you the royalty of the playground
- all the other kids will be jealous of your mad skills