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Five popular exercises you should NEVER do- {advice from a #BeverlyHillsChiropractor}

With obesity running rampant, regular exercise is an important issue today.  The Beverly Hills Posture Team is obviously fans of anything that will help our clients reach their fitness goals.

Deciding to get started on a fitness program is often times the hardest part of the process.  Once you have made that critical decision, the next step is a bit of a challenge as well.

VR1-Leg-Extension_13050, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaAs you know by now, before you begin any exercise program, get the advice of a fitness professional. The guidance of the right person is essential to not only getting great results, but doing so in a safe fashion.

Unfortunately, more often than not, people who start an exercise program do so without the best information.  Some people simply start doing those exercises that they did in high school.  Others just watch what other people are doing at their local gym and do that.  Both are bad ideas.  So to illustrate that, we have identified five exercises that are done just about every day in every gym across the country.  (In fact, two of these exercises are actually promoted by the design of equipment that your gym owner has put on the floor).

The exercises we suggest you do NOT do are:

1.  Leg Extensions

This is a very common exercise that just about every gym equipment manufacturer makes a machine for.  The problem is that doing a leg extension while in the seated position is a potential disaster for your knees.   Your knee is simply not designed to efficiently lift weight concentrated at your ankle.  If you have knee problems or use too much weight, you can run into a host of problems.

2.  Inner/Outer Thigh

Also a very popular gym equipment exercise.  Again, not a great exercise in the seated position.  Adduction targets the inner thighs and abduction targets the outer thigh.  These relatively small muscles are not designed to lift weight while in the seated position.  Doing so runs the risk of straining them as well as aggravating lower back and hip problems.  These are support muscles that don’t do well as prime movers.

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3.  Behind the Head Pull Downs

Another very popular exercise, the “Lat” pull down.  Another machine you will find in nearly every gym you walk into.  This is not a problem of machine design as noted in the first two examples, but rather one of user error.  Instead of (or in addition to) performing this exercise by pulling the bar down in front of your head, many people pull the bar down behind their head.  This is a bad idea for everyone who is not super flexible in their shoulder joints.  Very few of us have the amount of flexibility we would need to do this exercise safely.  Even if we do, we still have to use care not to bang the back of our necks with the bar.

4.  Leg Presses/Squats with Deep Knee Bend

One of the all time “bad-form” exercises around, standing squats.  Adding to the poor form, most people use a deeper than is safe bend in the knees. This creates a really dangerous exercise.  Most leg press machines will help you achieve reasonable form, but they do not prevent you from bending your knees too deeply.   The potential damage to your lower back, hips and spinal discs makes proper form and execution a must for a safe workout.

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Upright rows are done in a variety of ways.  Most involve standing while holding weights with your hands held close together and lifting towards your chin.  The problem is the mechanics of the shoulder do not lend themselves to this movement.  It has a tendency to compress the nerves in the shoulder causing impingement.  Form while doing this exercise is often very poor as well, adding to its potential for shoulder damage and pain.

As we point out, some of these exercises are so popular that equipment manufacturers have designed dozens of versions of machines to assist you in the potential destruction of your body!  The scary part is there are plenty of other exercises not listed here that can be just as bad for you.  The simple “sit-up” is an exercise we have all done, and we have all probably done wrong.  In fact, there are literally hundreds of ways to do sit-ups, all of which are often done poorly.

The good news is there are alternatives to each of these poor exercise choices.  This is a great example of why it is so important to get the assistance of a qualified fitness professional when designing your fitness program.  As always, we’re happy to assist you with your exercise needs.  We can help you achieve your fitness goals in the shortest period of time and with the least chance of injury.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.

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About “workout-friendly” foods—the best choices for a well-designed fitness program

foodsThe topic of nutrition has many facets and tends to be a very complicated issue.  People have such a vast array of nutritional needs based on their own body, fitness level and overall health.

At Beverly Hills Posture, we tend to focus on the training regimen of our clients.  But we’re keenly aware of the importance of diet on your overall fitness level.  When thinking about the relationship between your diet and your exercise program, remember the old saying “You can’t out train your diet.”  In other words, you can easily undermine a great fitness program with a poor diet!

But the choices you make at the dining table can actually support your training efforts. Regardless of the reasons for your training program here at BHP, eating certain foods can assist you with achieving better results.  From those of you who are training to recover from an injury or chronic pain problem to our veteran fitness enthusiasts, there are a number of foods that everyone should consider incorporating into their diets.

Remember to always keep an eye on the amount of calories consumed, regardless of what type of calories they are.  The Beverly Hills Posture Team does not recommend any particular “diet.”  We’re big fans of a well-balanced eating strategy–which should be an integral part of your daily lifestyle.  Here’s a list of some food choices that work hand in hand with a well-designed fitness program:

NUTS

Many people avoid nuts due to the high fat content.  This is a mistake.  Many nuts are packed with anti-oxidants, heart-healthy unsaturated fats and phytosterols.  The only caution is to watch portion size since the calories can add up quickly.  But the healthy benefits of unsalted, dry roasted nuts such as peanuts, almonds and pistachios can make those calories a vital part of your fitness program.   A great, low-calorie option is pistachios.  One ounce of shelled pistachios has only 160 calories, 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber and is cholesterol free.

GREEK YOGURT

Greek yogurt is a great option to get a healthy dose of protein and calcium into your diet.  Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt and carries a bigger serving of protein.  Just choose brands with the fewest ingredients and are low or no fat.

EGGS

Eggs have gotten a bad rap over time, but they can be a vital source of protein and they are packed with a host of vitamins and minerals.  They are inexpensive and easy to prepare.  The knock on eggs has always been the cholesterol.  If you are worried about that, simply use only egg whites, or remove two of the three yolks from a three egg omelet.

SKINLESS CHICKEN AND TURKEY BREAST

Lean poultry is a great way to boost your protein intake without packing on the calories.  Four ounces of skinless poultry has over 30 grams of protein and is loaded with essential nutrients like phosphorous and B-vitamins.  It is easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive while giving your body the needed ingredients to support your fitness program.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the superstars of a healthy diet.  They pack in a wide range of vitamins and minerals, are generally low in calories and high in fiber.  You should be getting about half of your daily calories from carbohydrates, mainly from fruits and vegetables along with whole grains.  Here are some that are great for your workouts.

CRANBERRIES

Cranberries have a powerful class of nutrients called PACs (Proanythocyanidins).  These provide help in maintaining healthy bones, teeth and your immune system.  This helps your body recover from your workouts while providing these essential nutrients.

BEETS

Another recognized “superfood”, beets are naturally high in nitrates which have been shown to boost athletic performance.  Beets are great when juiced with other fruits and vegetables.  They can be eaten raw, cooked or bought canned.  One study showed that those eating a diet rich in beets ran faster and recovered quicker.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES

A category of vegetables including broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.  These veggies truly qualify as another “superfood” given their ability to boost your immune system and the wide array of vitamins and phytonutrients they contain .  A great source of Vitamin A and C as well as folic acid are just a few of the benefits of these vegetables.  Just don’t over cook them, you will lose more of the nutrient value the more you cook them.  A great foundation for a fitness friendly diet.

SPINACH

There is a reason that a workout fiend like Popeye downs massive amounts of spinach.  He knows his “superfoods”!  Spinach packs in the iron, potassium and anti-oxidant Vitamins A, C and K.  Spinach is also a great source of lutein which helps with eye health and protection from the sun.  This vegetable works as hard as you do in your workout routines.

POTATOES

Another food that has gotten a bad rap at times.  As long as you aren’t frying your potatoes, the complex carbs in potatoes are easily digestible making them a great source of fuel prior to a workout.  Easy to prepare by steaming, microwaving or baking potatoes offer a host of nutrients and are a great source of fiber.  Sweet potatoes also have loads of Vitamin A and beta carotene.

WHOLE GRAINS

The key term here is “whole” grains.  Whole grains contain the bran, germ and endosperm.  These are the parts of the grain that contain the majority of the Vitamins, nutrients and fiber.  Overly processed grains have had these essential parts removed, also removing most of the nutritional value.  A diet that is rich in fiber has a wide range of health benefits.  Reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease are just a few of them.  Fiber also helps keep your digestive system running smoothly and curbs your appetite by making you feel fuller, thus eating less.  A food that helps you eat less food, how great is that?   Good whole grains include bulgur, brown rice, whole oats, cornmeal and buckwheat.  Beware of products that pretend to be whole grain.  If the package says “enriched flour” or “wheat germ”, odds are it does not contain whole grains.

SUMMARY

This is just a short list of the many options that are available to design a dietary plan that provides your body with essential Vitamins and minerals and boosts the effects of your workouts.  It is this relationship between diet and exercise that can optimize your fitness level.  In other words, your diet and your exercise program do not exist in a vacuum.  They affect each other and when paired correctly, can ramp up your results.

As always, we recommend you seek the advice of a qualified fitness or nutrition professional whenever beginning a new diet or exercise program.  If you have any questions about your fitness plan or nutritional program, feel free to contact us for an appointment, we will be happy to assist you.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.