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Movement Hygiene

Movement hygiene is the practice of cultivating healthy movement habits to prevent injuries and improve overall physical well-being. It involves paying attention to how we move, sitting and standing with good posture, and using our bodies in ways that support their natural design and movement patterns.

Just as we practice good hygiene to prevent illness, movement hygiene can help prevent musculoskeletal pain and injury. Good movement habits can also improve our balance, coordination, and overall physical function.

Some key principles of movement hygiene include:

  • Paying attention to your posture: Whether you're sitting, standing, or moving, it's important to maintain good posture to prevent strain on your muscles and joints. This means keeping your spine aligned, shoulders relaxed, and feet flat on the ground.

  • Moving mindfully: Paying attention to how you move can help you identify areas of tension or strain and make adjustments to avoid injury. Mindful movement can also improve your coordination and balance.

  • Varying your movements: Doing the same movement over and over again can lead to overuse injuries. Varying your movements throughout the day can help prevent this by engaging different muscle groups and avoiding repetitive strain.

  • Incorporating movement breaks: Taking regular breaks from sitting or repetitive tasks can help prevent stiffness and fatigue. Stretching or taking short walks can help keep your muscles and joints limber.

Overall, movement hygiene is about cultivating awareness of how we move and using our bodies in ways that support our physical health and well-being. By adopting good movement habits, we can prevent injuries, improve our physical function, and enjoy a lifetime of healthy movement.

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