What should my first exercise goal be if I want to get in shape?

The first goal should be to identify and correct any possible muscle imbalances you may have developed from your activities of daily living. If you work out and train with these muscle imbalances this will make your workouts inefficient and can possibly lead to injuries due to poor mechanics. By correcting these imbalances you can reduce the risk of injury and improve the quality of you workouts. A movement assessment like an overhead squat assessment will show if you have any muscular imbalances. If any muscular imbalances appear use corrective flexibility training to loosen tightened muscles and active isolated strengthening to improve the strength of weakened muscles. This will bring your bodies joints back into optimal alignment and dramatically decrease your risk of injury.

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