Mardi Gras is exactly 4 weeks away. For those of you riding in parades, it’s time to prepare. In addition to buying beads, booze, and fitting for costumes, you should be prepping your body for the ride.
Riding in a parade can be hard on the body. In particular, shoulders and backs can take a beating along the parade route. One of the most common post Mardi Gras injuries occurs in the shoulder. Packing, carrying, lifting, and throwing 1000′s of beads, cups, and balls can leave your shoulder stiff and painful.
Try these four great exercises to prepare your shoulder for the throws of Mardi Gras:
Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. while keeping your elbows straight pull each band out to the side making a “T ” with your body.
Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. While keeping your elbows straight pull each band up and out making a “Y ” with your body.
Sports cord W’s:
Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. This time pull the back of your hands up and out allowing your elbows to bend to 90 degrees. At the end of the movement each arm should represent each side of the “W”.
Sports cord crosses:
Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. While keeping your elbows straight pull one cord up and out and the other cord down and back. Be sure to stand up straight.
With Mardi Gras fast approaching, you should prepare now! For a better ride, less pain, and longer throws, start these great parade prep exercises today.
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