Cats and Dogs to Balance Shoulders and Hips – Say What?
The following are some of the most common questions asked by readers:
What is the best way to balance my shoulders and hips? Is it better to do one or both at the same time? How many times per day should I perform each exercise?
When should I start doing them, how often, what exercises should I do first, etc.?
We have compiled answers to these questions below. Please keep in mind that there is no “one size fits all” approach to balancing your body.
There are many factors which go into determining how much weight you should lift, when you should do it, and so forth. For example, if you are a woman with small frame and short legs, then performing the prone cobra exercise will not be appropriate for you since it would cause undue stress on your knees. If you are a man with large frame and long legs, however, then performing the prone cobra exercise may be appropriate for you because it will allow you to work on strengthening your core muscles.
One of the most important things to remember is that your goal is not just lifting weights. Your goal should be improving your overall health and well being.
This is why you want to perform these exercises in the first place! Keep this in mind and listen to your body. If an exercise becomes too easy then increase the weight or resistance. If an exercise becomes too challenging, then decrease the weight or resistance. It’s really that simple!
Should I perform one or both exercises at the same time?
This is entirely up to you and your physician. If one of the goals for your exercise routine is to lose weight, then it is recommended that you perform just the prone cobra exercise since it focuses on strengthening your core muscles. If your goal is to increase muscle mass over all, then performing both exercises at the same time will allow you to do this.
How many times a day should I perform each exercise?
Again, this is entirely up to you and your physician. Some people prefer performing the exercises first thing in the morning before they do anything else. This helps them focus their mind on the routine and day and the exercise can sometimes even function as a replacement for meditation. Other people prefer to perform the exercises at night since it gives them something to look forward to in their day (and it can sometimes double as a good stretching routine).
What exercises should I do first?
It is never a good idea to start off exercising by lifting heavy weights. It is always best to start off light to get your muscles warmed up and ready. Once you have completed the warm up exercises for each routine then you can begin lifting heavier weights. In addition, it is also best to stretch after your workout since this is when your muscles will be most pliable and thus able to stretch to their fullest capacity.
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