24May, 2017

Eight Best Exercises to Support Your Spine

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Eight Best Exercises to Support Your Spine Plank Hold Plank holds are a great way to stabilize muscles and build muscle endurance.  During a plank hold the abdominal muscles are held in an isometric contraction, which means the muscles are shortened without causing movement at the joints.  Correct plank form involves tightening the abdominal muscles and keeping the body in a straight line.  Avoid raising the hips too high because this will involve a different set of muscles. Steps: Duration: 30 seconds – 2 minutes Level: Beginner Warning: Avoid if […]
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15May, 2017

Hip Flexibility

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Hip Flexibility Benefits & Improvement with special tips for the dancer’s body   Benefits General: Improved spine health Improved knee health Increased upper and lower body circulation Dance: Stability in turn out and parallel positions Wider range of motion   Stretching Tips Do: Increase blood flow to muscles to “warm” body Feel stretch in belly of muscle, not joint Breath deeply to deliver oxygen to muscles Do not: Stretch “cold” muscles Stretch tendons or ligaments Let eagerness overpower safety   Types of Stretching Dynamic Stretching: Dynamic stretching involves lengthening a […]
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