Texting, typing, cradling the phone, carrying the baby, resisting your dog’s pull on his leash, running the same paved trail every week. … Repetitive stress takes many more forms than we remember to consider, and that leaves us prone to injury just like a pro baseball pitcher or golfer—without the exciting victory or crushing defeat to add drama or purpose to the story of the injury.
This workout features circuits to give you the right balance of some varied movement, including body weight and moves with free weights, to reduce the risk of joint overload through repetition. Keep in mind that you can make this workout even more effective for you by paying attention to the repetitive movements in your day and introducing some variation, such as using your non-dominant hand, reversing your route, carrying your bag on your other shoulder or switching to a backpack, or using hands-free technology.
- Perform eight to 12 reps of each movement before moving on to the next.
- Do the movements in sequence to complete one circuit; perform two circuits.
- Choose a weight that’s heavy enough to create fatigue but not total exhaustion.