February Move of the Month - External Rotation in Abduction
Keeping the theme of "shoulder stabilization" (check out my last L6 post on shoulder int/ext rotation), I wanted to share with you another exercise that has helped strengthen and 'lock in' my shoulder joint, as well as improve my posture.
Let's first take a look at our everyday life:
* We sit at the computer
* We put groceries away
* We reach out to pick up a child
* We reach forwards to grab something out of the fridge.
. . . EVERYTHING we do in our lives is executed from the 'front body'.
Now, let's take a look at the kayaking we do:
* We paddle forward
* We stay "in the box" to protect our shoulder
. . . EVERYTHING we do in our kayaking and paddling is executed from the 'front body'.
SO . . . what does this do to us? It creates less than ideal posture, closing of the shoulder/bicep insertion and the increase in shoulder impingement and other problems.
One exercise that I love to help improve my posture and correct some shoulder funk was "External Rotation in Abduction".
* Stand with the arm abducted (raised to the side) to 90 degrees - so the arm is parallel to the floor.
* If it is easier the elbow can be rested on a chair or bench (in a seated position).