One of the most common mistakes I see when people perform shoulder exercises is their lack of core engagement. This can happen with overhead shoulder presses, lateral raises, and front raises as well. ⠀
When you don’t focus on tightening and engaging your core, it’s really easy to throw the weights up using your low back and legs, instead of your shoulders.⠀
To change this and get more active muscle control from your shoulder muscles, engage your core and your glutes prior to starting the exercise. This helps align your lumbopelvic region creating more core stability and allowing for better shoulder activation. You're more than likely not going to be able to push up as much weight, but the core stability and shoulder activation will be more effective in the long-term.
Incorporate this core engagement on all of your lifts and you will benefit in the long run. You will prevent spine and disc compression. Your alignment will be better and the chances of seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon down the road will be less. Also, with the proper alignment and core stability, the body will be more functional as a whole and overall strength and stability will be much greater!