WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Joints require frequent and varied MOVEMENT to maintain optimal health, function and performance.
Therefore, HOW we move is as equally crucial as movement itself, and ineffective or lack of movement becomes problematic. You may have heard the phrase "train movement, not muscle", this certainly applies in this scenario.
The human body is one integrated system. It recognises patterns of movement through a sequence of timing and coordination, not through individual muscle activity. A muscle may be strong, but if firing incorrectly or not in conjunction with the rest of the body, it may create dysfunction and have minimal transfer to daily life.
It's for this reason why we train the movement patterns - squat, hinge, lunge, push, pull, rotate, anti-rotate and gait.
Everyone has genetically predisposed differences and structural limitations that influence movement abilities. Consequently, everyone's movement will look slightly different. Learning how to safely and efficiently perform movement patterns in your unique context is the key to a well-functioning body.
Poor exercise technique or excessive sedentary behaviour can become counterproductive, altering posture and compromising your ability to move effectively. Typically, movement dysfunctions can go unnoticed for some time and often leads to muscle imbalance, pain and/or chronic injury.
Sustainable programs that prioritise QUALITY movement and promote technique mastery will not only make you more efficient but reduce the likelihood of injury.