Have you ever stopped to think – there isn’t a board or organization like the FDA to regulate quality and motions of exercise and fitness programs? We think all movement is created equal and is good for the body. That is as crazy as thinking “ any food is good for the body” . We know this isn’t correct. There are foods that are bad for you and can even slowly kill you. And there are exercise moves that are bad for you.

Let me give you an example – perhaps one of the most egregious of all. Check out the photos included. I am gonna start with something we know is bad for us and then illuminate it in our workouts.

Everyone knows that the slouch all day computer posture is bad for the body. People mostly complain about muscle aches and spinal pains but the impact of this bad posture goes much deeper.

Here is a short and not at all extensive list of other more damaging influences of slouching.

  • Mechanically loads the diaphragm and adrenal glands causing a sympathetic body response which is why anxiety and low energy often mark our days.
  • Sympathetic stimulation shuts down brain cognitive function lowering our task efficiency
  • Slouching tightens and restricts diaphragm and compresses the Vegas nerve responsible for all our organ motility (movement) impacting digestions, hunger signals, nutrient extraction and system metabolism.
  • Sitting all day squooshes our lungs and impinges oxygenation to our cells increasing oxidative stress.

What makes this bad is the duration our bodies have to endure this type of sitting, we spend 90% of our waking hours in this position.

So look again at the pictures and see how the sitting postures is exactly the same as the body shape we use to train our core and have nice abs.  They are in different relationship to gravity (one is vertical one is laying down) but the shape is in the exact same very bad for you position.

The exercise version however is far worse fo you why?  what makes the exercise version worse is that while the sitting is rather passive core exercises are aggressive and engaged with effort. This means you’re increasing the bad impact of this position by using greater resistance and effort which puts a bigger “dent” of tightness and tone into the muscles making them more ridged and stuck like this after your done doing your ab work.

We have been sold a bill of goods that our back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain knee pain all comes from having a weak core.  This is a lie.  Our sit all day and work out the core efforts is hurting our backs but even more importantly hurting our bodies.

My Suggestions:

  1. Begin to evaluate your workouts for bad ingredients. This usually comes in the form of the mechanics (the way your body machine moves).
  2. Stop doing ab work entirely. Especially crunches laying on a ground.

DO IT DIFFERENTLY:  Find core work that takes the spine and rotates its bends it and moves it dynamically. Start standing before laying on the ground.

And if you need more ideas and information visit our Body Talk blog for new innovation and advances in biomechanics that heal the not hurt the body.