The Reluctant Hubby: Finding Balance

balance

The phrase “dumb as a rock”? Not so much when it comes to balance.

Right this very second, you are imbalanced. Parts of you are askew, deficient, out of harmony with the rest of your body. Do not be alarmed. You are completely normal.

Most of us are “handed,” meaning we favor one side, and usually the one we write with. This side is stronger, it does more of the day-to-day activities, and we rely on it to feed ourselves, brush our teeth, carry heavy bags, and even simple things like step up onto a curb or platform. The problem is that most of us don’t spend any time trying to bring our weaker side up to par with our stronger side and the balance just gets worse.

It’s not just a left-right thing either. If you only focus on one type of exercise (say pushups) without focusing on the opposing muscles (by doing, say, pull-ups), you’re up to 2 1/2 times more likely to injure yourself according to one 1992 study from the journal Sports Medicine. These aren’t new facts and this isn’t something only athletes and workout warriors need to worry about. Just going about your every day life is cause for concern as well.

According to Core Performance, up to 65 percent of all injuries come from repetitive use of one set of muscles where an imbalance exists. This means if you aren’t trying to stay strong, you’re that much more likely to hurt yourself doing something as “normal” as climbing the stairs or getting out of bed. Really, it happens.

The solution? Work out, but be sure and focus on a full set of exercises. Pilates is a great form of resistance training that can work on every muscle group in isolation, allowing you to more quickly bring up to speed the areas of your body that might currently be lacking. I’ve recently started doing Pilates again at Lisa’s studio, and while I might not fully enjoy the hour I spend training, I always feel significantly better immediately following the class. Strange how that works, huh?

Previously on The Reluctant Hubby:The Winter’s Coming Workout

photo credit: James Jordan

About Greg Wymer

Greg Wymer is Principal and Chief of Creative for Healthy Dose Media. He was an award-winning radio copywriter and morning show producer for WFNX-FM in Boston in the 1990s, and in the 2000s won Best Viral Marketing Campaign and Best Non-Profit Campaign for his work with e-tractions, a provider of custom online entertainment. Before launching Healthy Dose Media, he spent 10 years at the MIT Enterprise Forum working as a developer of programs, content, and marketing for a global audience of startups and entrepreneurs. Greg has been a mobile and club DJ for 25 years, created and ran a pub trivia night called Useless Trivia, and is on the Board of Directors of ImprovBoston, where he performed as a cast member of its Mainstage for seven years.

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2 Responses to The Reluctant Hubby: Finding Balance

  1. Tammy November 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    After spending 8 hours a day at a computer, I end up with tight pectoral muscles and over-stretched rhomboids. Thank you for the reminder to use that often neglected rowing machine at the gym to do even a small part of balancing myself out. (I also just sat up straight and have my shoulder blades laying flat.)

  2. Greg Wymer November 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Hooray Tammy! Small victories! Thanks for reading and row, row, row the gym!

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