Standing Up While Training, A Novel Idea…

Let’s face it, laziness has become a part of human nature! Even our efforts to better ourselves through training and exercise are embedded with laziness.

Consider your last trip to the gym. What did the crowd of people look like in the free weight are vs. the machine area? Chances are you saw more people sitting down on the machines than you did standing up moving a barbell, dumbbells, or kettlebells. You may even see more people sitting down for cardio.

Here’s the problem, you weren’t made to sit on a seat! It’s a fact that before the toilet seat was invented people sat on air and took care of business. Nowadays many of us sit chronically at work, at home, and then we just propagate the pattern by going to the gym… and sitting!

Many orthopedic diagnoses are linked to chronic sitting. Low back pain is inextricably linked to tight hip flexors and tight hamstrings, muscles that are in a shortened position when you are sitting. It gets better when you’re older. You’ll be sitting more, confined to a wheelchair, and your former 5’11 self will probably be 5’9 at best.

Why do we do sitting exercises when we really should be standing? Simple, they are easier! Why set up with dumbbells or a barbell and plates when you can just sit on a machine and set a pin?

Exercises done in standing or supine require good posture, which means spending more time working on your posture. Standing exercises require core strength, something that you become deconditioned from when you spend most of your day sitting…Read Full article…..

By: Jon Habeshy
From: drjohnrusin.com

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