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"An ideal fitness goal for every woman should be to cultivate a routine of optimal, pain-free training that ensures the ability to continue to engage in the physical activities she enjoys and that helps her stay fit and healthy. To sum it up in one word: longevity!
Key factors that dictate if an exercise is “joint friendly” lie not only in the execution of the movement pattern itself, but also in the preparation.
An additional variable that must be respected, but is often neglected, is variety. Sticking with the same handful of lifts, performed in the same manner without much deviation, can lead to breakdown over time.
When targeting any upper body exercise, focus not just on moving the weight that’s in your hands but also on the interplay between the entire system involved in driving the movement to begin with — the head, neck, shoulder girdle, thoracic spine, and upper extremities.
Optimal movement happens with our upper extremities when we tap into the power of a functionally strong and mobile shoulder girdle while harnessing the strength of a stable core, with a well-positioned neck and head." Try out these two joint-friendly upper body exercises, and head to the link in our bio for three more!