As with many things in life, one of the keys to getting and staying healthier is doing the “little things” well. Unfortunately, far too many of us do these little things (breathing, standing and bending) very poorly. As a result, we create additional stress and strain on our neck, back and hips which leads to weakness, injury and even chronic pain. In fact, poor body mechanics or basic movement is one of the main reasons why so many people get injured after starting a new exercise program.
In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville discusses the importance of proper techniques for breathing, standing and bending in order to reduce physical stress and the risk of injury when undertaking both regular day to day activities and a progressive exercise program: