Not all fitness advice is good advice

Part of my function as a health skilled/medical train specialist is to assist people who find themselves overwhelmed by their circumstances.

Getting into nice form isn’t all the time straightforward or straight ahead and is particularly true when an harm or power medical situation is concerned.

Fortunately, whereas exercising and consuming proper does require effort, it doesn’t must be difficult and may really be fairly easy while you get the appropriate recommendation.

Considering this, I believed I might checklist a few of the worst recommendation my buddies, purchasers and colleagues have heard, and even acquired through the years.

Over the following two weeks, I’ll be presenting 15 items of actually unhealthy recommendation that nobody ought to comply with if they’re attempting be as match, wholesome and energetic as potential. Here are the primary eight:

1. Work by way of the ache, simply dig deep and “suck it up!” A coach really screamed this at one among my purchasers (earlier than we met) when her knee was hurting whereas attempting to push a weighted sled throughout the gymnasium ground. She was in her 60s on the time and ready to have a knee substitute. The consequence was an exacerbation of her ache and improve in her incapacity.

2. A younger girl I do know was coaching for a marathon and suggested to do her exercises on an empty abdomen in order that she might “burn extra fats.” She tried it and collapsed, very practically passing out. Running in a “fasted” state is dangerous and shouldn’t be a part of a marathon coaching plan the place correct vitamin could make the distinction between an awesome run and a close to catastrophe.

3. After injuring his decrease again and inflicting a disc herniation, a gentleman I do know discovered recommendation on YouTube which urged a sequence of stretches to “therapeutic massage” his sciatic nerve. Trying to deal with an harm by watching movies on-line is rarely a good suggestion. Without a correct prognosis and care plan, the chance of making severe, long run well being issues is excessive.

4. In an effort to drop some weight in his 20s, a shopper of mine advised me that he was suggested to comply with a 1,000 calorie per day eating regimen and to run carrying a plastic rubbish bag … whereas additionally taking laxatives to “flush out” his system. Not solely is that this weight reduction methodology doomed to fail, it’s extremely dangerous and more likely to trigger quick and long run well being issues with out serving to the exerciser obtain his purpose of sustainable weight reduction.

5. Do aqua health to get stronger when you’ve osteoporosis as a result of it’s “protected.” Water train is extremely efficient for all health ranges and nice for energy and endurance coaching and may even be enjoyable. Having stated that, crucial consideration for osteoporosis train is to maneuver “in opposition to gravity” which is generally non-existent whereas floating or strolling in water. Weight lifting, stair climbing and mountain climbing can be far more efficient methods to construct bone mass.

6. Don’t raise weights overhead in case you are over 40. One of my purchasers really acquired this, unsolicited, recommendation after she had been coaching with me for greater than two years. In that point, she had by no means been injured, had misplaced 50 lb and was fitter than she had ever been. Not with the ability to raise one thing overhead (at any age) would disqualify you from many components of on a regular basis life from procuring to putting baggage in an overhead compartment. If you don’t have a selected purpose that makes lifting overhead dangerous, like rotator cuff harm or scoliosis, than lifting overhead ought to completely be a part of your coaching program.

7. You must do 500 sit ups per day to get a six pack. The concept that working a sure physique half will burn fats in that space, or “shrink” a sure spot is an outdated one that also hasn’t died. It comes principally from unscrupulous entrepreneurs seeking to promote nugatory devices or gadgets (just like the Ab Roller or Thigh Master) to determined customers. 500 sit ups (or crunches) per day will develop the muscle tissues in your stomach, however, you may be no nearer to a six pack except you additionally modify your eating regimen and take part in an general energy and endurance program.

8. Never use the machines on the gymnasium as a result of they limit your movement an excessive amount of. In my opinion, everytime you hear recommendation that comprises the phrases “by no means,” “none” or “all,” a crimson flag has been raised. No exercises, tools or packages are inherently good or unhealthy; all of them have their place in an general well being and health plan. In the case of the “machines” on the gymnasium, they’re nice for isolating particular muscle tissues and supply a protected entry level for learners who may not have the stability or co-ordination but to deal with free weights or physique weight train.

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