Gustavo Moro for Body Activation

Gustavo Moro for Body Activation

In today's culture where we sit too much, look at our smartphones too much, and generally fall into habits that prevent our necks, spines, and hips from feeling free and easy, it’s important to remember that we can absolutely upgrade our fitness practice.... even if we don't have one yet!

Here are five tips from Body Activation that can help you on your way to a healthier body, mind, and spirit...


Stand with your feet slightly apart, with the weight evenly distributed from the heels to the balls of the feet. Pull in your lower abdominal muscles to help strengthen your lower back. Take the two points of the ribcage and pull them towards each other to strengthen your middle back. Imagine a hook under your breastbone and lift yourself up here, which immediately opens up the chest. Then feel the back of your head over your heels, keeping your chin in a natural position to lengthen your neck and align it with the rest of the spine. Practice this whenever you can for a healthier spine and beautiful posture that shows confidence and grace.


Make a conscious decision to tune into your body throughout the day, noticing where you are holding tension. Are your shoulders up around your ears? Is your foot flexed when you cross one leg over the other instead of hanging naturally? Are you breathing deeply? Just noticing these details will help you become more aware of where you hold stress and help you release it.


Do you notice that sometimes when you reach for something you tense your shoulder? This is because you're using your arm from this point instead of the shoulder blades, which are located across the upper back. Try reaching with your arms from the back instead of your shoulders and you'll notice how tension in your neck and shoulder disappears.


No matter what fitness protocol you're attracted to, make sure you find a teacher who has an informed background. He or she should have a good knowledge of anatomy and should correct each student throughout the class. When you don't get hands-on corrections, you will keep repeating what feels good or right to you, often reinforcing bad habits. A good class is where exercises are explained thoroughly and where you feel the teacher's hands on you to ensure that you're getting the most out of every movement.


Getting the most out of your fitness practice means staying consistent. An established routine allows you to go deeper into each exercise. Through repetition you can concentrate on expanding within each movement as you become more familiar with its form. As you become more accustomed to what you are doing, the mind lets go, releasing the old habits and fears that have held you back. As you get out of your own way, you can find greater flexibility that ultimately leads to greater movement potential.

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