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5 MORE Exercises Computer Guy Should NOT Be Doing

5 MORE Exercises Computer Guy Should NOT Be Doing

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    Leg Press

    All you have to do is load it up, strap yourself in (not really) and push as hard as you can.  I’ll admit, it can be pretty satisfying to see that much weight move because of your own strength and will.  Unfortunately, the leg press is not without its flaws.

    First of all, it can give you a false sense of real strength.  When you leg press, you’re in a sitting or lying position with little help from your core musculature.  Anytime you train that heavy without the core being involved the strength tends not to translate well to real life situations, and can result in injury.  Don’t plan on helping anyone jump start their car with your newfound strength.  

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    Second, you’ve been sitting down all day with your hips flexed and your pelvis in a posteriorly tilted position.  This has already put enough stress and compression on your lower spine.  When you perform the leg press you’re essentially in this same position, only with hundreds of pounds of pressure forcing you into even more compression.  Not smart.

    Alternatives

    • Lunges
    • Front Squats
    • Split Squats
    • Step Ups

    Shrugs

    Another exercise from the world of body building that doesn’t belong in the routine of the common desk jockey.  Because of your forward dominant work posture and stress, your body will not respond to this exercise the same way an elite athlete would.  It’s not impossible for you to perform the exercise appropriately, but there is such a narrow margin for error and the cost-to-benefit ratio just does not do you any justice.  When consistently done wrong, over time, you can expect to experience some form of neck pain or even headaches. 

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    • Face Pulls
    • Barbell Rows
    • Cable Row Variations

     

    Loaded Back Extensions

    There is a common misconception that in order to have a healthy low back we need to have a strong low back.  It’s true that we want to have stability around the core as a whole, but when it comes to back health, our ability to move heavy weight through extension may do us more harm than good.  It’s much more important for us to get our moving strength from our glutes and our stabilizing strength from our core.  Try to stay far away from any machine that directly trains your low back extensors.  Any exercise in general that trains you to hyperextend should be avoided.  If low back health is at all a concern of yours, definitely learn and use the alternative exercises I’ve listed here below.

    Alternatives

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    • Planks
    • Side Planks
    • Bird Dogs
    • Glute Bridges
    • Dead Lifts

     

    Loaded AB Machine

    In my previous “things you should NOT do” article, I pulled apart sit-ups.  So it should not be a surprise to you that I would have the same to say about any loaded abdominal device.  It’s essentially the same thing.  Only this time you’ve got weight strapped to your back.  You’re pulling yourself even deeper into that forward dominant posture every time you do it.  Loaded compression of the lumbar spine, yadda yadda…it’s just not good for you.  Don’t do it.

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    • Planks
    • Side Planks
    • Wood Chops

     

    Recumbent Bike

    It may be useful for someone rehabbing an injury.  But if your purpose in the gym is to get some kind of results, what are you doing on this piece of equipment?  You just spent eight hours of your life sitting at a desk staring at the computer.  Now you’re going to go to the gym to sit down for another thirty minutes to an hour looking at a magazine or the TV?  Your body was built to do its best moving in an upright and erect position.  Don’t insult your potential to be a fully mobile and functional human being by using this machine, please.

    Alternatives

    • Stepmill
    • Versaclimber
    • Upright Bike
    • Cross Trainer
    • Treadmill

     

    I know a lot of people may say it’s bad of me to write articles like this, that I’m only taking options away from people who might otherwise not workout.  This really is not my goal.  What I am trying to convey, is that fitness needs only to be as complicated as your body will allow it.  We don’t need all these fancy exercises and machines to develop our physiques to their full potential.  All that is needed is a few of the basics and some hard work.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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