One of the most common “go-to” exercises in countless work-out repertoires is the ever popular sit-up. It is an exercise that is ingrained in our minds from elementary school gym class fitness testing through sports team training programs, and even into adulthood when trying to reach the sometimes elusive six-pack abs. But the research reports are in, and this seemingly timeless exercise that has been the staple to many fitness routines has been pushed from its chiseled pedestal and has come crashing down. Let’s talk about why.
I have always loved puzzles—taking a step back, looking at the big picture, and thinking outside of the box to find a unique and creative solution to a problem. The mystery and unknown that surround real world puzzles keep me on my toes and capture my interest and energy with the goal of finding a solution. This, along with my love of working with people and helping others, helped to spur on my dreams of being a doctor. I chose the field of chiropractic and gained interest in specializing in human movement and biomechanics because I have come to see that by coordinating multiple types of tools like chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue techniques, and functional movement exercises, the best recipes for improvement can be found for each patient.
What does your workout look like? Whether you love to run, bike, lift weights, rock climb, kayak, or even play an organized sport, I hope we all have one similarity in our chosen exercise program, and that is variety. Mixing up your activities and types of exercise programs help to provide different ways of moving and challenging your mind and body to help maximize individual function ability and reduce the risk of injury. There is one exercise that has been gathering steam as a necessity in athletic and functional training over the past several years. It is an exercise that should be supplemented into all programs no matter the goals. I am referring to the Loaded Carry.
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As runners, we require very little equipment for this sport. All we need is a trail, maybe a jacket depending on the weather, and some running shoes. But those shoes, oh those shoes. Chosen with great care and a lot of research, numerous pairs of running shoes are tried on and rejected. A select few are taken for a test run. At some point, a consultant at a running store may even study your stride and the build of your foot to determine the best shoe for you. With so much thought put into selecting just the right running shoe it might make you wonder, what are you putting on your feet the rest of the day when you’re not running? Do you put as much care into choosing the shoes you wear off the running course? The pair of shoes worn during your off times has a great impact on your running and can be detrimental to your training even if you always have the ideal running shoe on your foot.