Have you ever hurt yourself doing something simple such as turning around to attend to your child in the back seat or reaching up to get something from a high shelf? Functional exercises can help prevent these all-too-common occurrences. They’re designed to mimic real life movements you do every day—and that you expect your body to do without fail.
When you practice everyday movements—mindfully, repetitively and in a controlled environment—you can focus on doing them safely and with purpose so that your body is always ready to respond without inadvertently getting hurt. Today’s short sequence of four functional exercises from Margot McKinnon, M.Ed., will help keep your spine strong and mobile so that you can twist and bend without incident.