How to Find Your Asymmetries and Fix the Uneven Body?
Body asymmetry is one of the most common problems among men. It is not only noticeable in appearance but also affects your life. You may have noticed that there are some things which you do not like or need to change because they are too big or small for you. If you want to get rid of your body asymmetry then you must understand what exactly it means and how to fix it.
What is Body Asymmetry?
The word “asymmetry” comes from the Greek words “asymptos” meaning opposite and “metas” meaning combination. When two objects are combined into one, they become different than when they are separate. For example, if you mix a red apple with a blue fruit, both fruits will look similar but the color of each fruit will be different.
In other words, if you have a large chest and narrow waist, then the combination of these two characteristics would make your body asymmetric. A person’s body type is determined by their proportions: the size of parts such as head, torso and legs; the position of those parts on the body; and even their colors.
Why Do I Need to Fix My Asymmetries?
Most people want to be symmetrical. In fact, most of us instinctively avoid asymmetrical objects in our daily lives. For example, you probably don’t want to wear a shirt with a noticeable stain, or sit in a chair with a broken leg. However, it’s not just about aesthetics; it’s also about your body functioning properly.
Most of the time, people have some degree of asymmetry. However, there are also some medical conditions that can cause this problem, such as scoliosis, cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular diseases. In most cases, we do not realize that something is wrong because we see ourselves every day.
You may wonder why this is a big deal. After all, not everyone needs to look like a model. However, asymmetries can affect our daily lives. It can cause back pain, increase the risk of injury, and even affect your posture.
This is especially true if you exercise.
So what should you do?
Well, start by identifying the problem. The next section will help you determine whether or not you need to fix your asymmetries.
How to Check If Your Body Is Asymmetric?
If you look in the mirror and have a hard time determining whether or not your body is asymmetrical, use this simple trick. First, put a long T-shirt on and then turn to the side to see your profile.
Are there any obvious differences between the two sides? For example, do you see one shoulder is higher than the other?
Look at your legs.
Is there a big difference in size or length?
You may find that one side of your body is exactly like the other, but that is not always the case. However, if you do see a difference, then there is a chance that your body is asymmetric.
Now, how can you fix it?
The following methods will help:
Exercises are a great way to improve your body symmetry. You don’t need to hit the gym and spend hours working out. Even doing simple stretches and bodyweight exercises a few times a week can go a long way.
To determine which exercises you should do, you need to identify the problem first. For example, if one side of your upper body is larger than the other, perform exercises that focuses on the muscles of the smaller side.
In addition to doing the correct exercises, you also need to do them correctly. Always make sure that your body is properly aligned when doing any exercise. Even when doing something as simple as push-ups, you should make sure that your arms, legs, and back are aligned. Doing this will ensure that the muscles on both sides of your body are engaged equally.
A lot of people don’t think about the way that they walk. However, doing so can actually improve your body symmetry. For example, if you have one leg that is smaller than the other, then you are putting more stress on that side. Over time, this could lead to muscle atrophy and a difference in height.
Fortunately, gait training can help you correct these issues. The goal is to make your walking pattern more symmetrical. Here are some tips to get you started:
Try doing a self-evaluation of your walking pattern. Mark the floor at different points, then walk across the room.
Do you land on the same leg at each mark?
If so, this is a good indication that your legs are landing in the same pattern.
Place a small bag of rocks in a book bag and wear it on your back. While walking with this backpack on, pay attention to your gait.
Do you shift the backpack from one shoulder to the other?
This is a common habit that can throw off your walking symmetry. Be sure to remain balanced by shifting the bag from one shoulder to the other.
Wear a ankle weights on your non-dominant leg. As you walk, be conscious of the way this changes your gait.
For example, does it cause you to lean too far in one direction?
Make corrections as you go to help keep your body more balanced.
Wear a wrist weights on one arm. Again, pay attention to the way this changes your walking pattern. If you find that it is throwing off your gait, switch arms and repeat the process.
Add in some high knees and try stepping higher when you walk. This can have a great impact on your hip area by forcing your legs to move in different directions.
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The broken mirror: Understanding and treating body dysmorphic disorder by KA Phillips – 2005 – books.google.com
Fluctuating asymmetry: measurement, analysis, patterns by AR Palmer, C Strobeck – Annual review of Ecology and Systematics, 1986 – JSTOR
Soma-germline asymmetry in the distributions of embryonic RNAs in Caenorhabditis elegans by G Seydoux, A Fire – Development, 1994 – dev.biologists.org