Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program: Elements of Movement

November 30, 2016 07:32 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- During day 3 of our time in Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program, we learned how basic, child-like movements can improve your overall health.

"Elements of movement is all about getting back to the basics. Really returning to some functional movement patterns.  Lifting, carrying, jumping, running hanging, we're really going to talk about how you can incorporate these things into your day," says Mayo Clinic Healthy Living PT Danielle Johnson.

Johnson goes on to say that this class is essential for everyone of all ages. She says Mayo Clinic Healthy Living has people who are in their 70's and 80's coming to this class, because they want to play with their grandkids.  Johnson tells us some may want to go on vacation and hike that trail that might have some balance issues. 

While the thought of achieving overall fitness may sound daunting, Johnson says it doesn't have to be about how far you run, or how much you lift.  She says fitness can be a million things to a million different people, but it should be about balance, stability, and core strength.


During the Elements of Movement class, much of the time is focused on everyday activities.  How you bend down to pick up an everyday object like a laundry basket, a toy, or even a baby can help strengthen your back, legs and core. Johnson says to pay attention to how you are using your body while doing simple activities like this, because it can help prevent injuries and strengthen muscles.

You can check out the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program for yourself through their website, or in person by attending their Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 8th from 4:30 p.m. To 6:30 p.m. The Healthy Living Program is located at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in downtown Rochester.


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