Posts Tagged ‘flexibility’

Stop stretching

January 14, 2018

I hear this advice all the time: Do stretching. Get flexible.

That is bad advice.

Your muscles are like springs. Kind of like the springs in your car. Do you want loose springs in your car? Of course not. You want firm springs.

When you bend down to pick up an object, you want tight hamstrings (ham-springs) to firmly move you back up to the standing position.

The back is not designed to bend or twist. It is designed to stop motion and hold your torso stiff. Stop doing crunches, sit-ups, bends, and twists. They will ultimately harm your back.

Walk up stairs flat-footed

January 7, 2017

When I was a child I was told to walk up stairs on the balls of my feet.

That was bad guidance.

As a consequence of that guidance my calf muscles have, over the years, shortened. Shortened calf muscles have caused all sorts of problems: difficult to stand erectly, difficult to squat properly, limited flexibility, and others.

So, what is the right way to walk up a flight of stairs? Answer: walk flat-footed. On each step your foot should be flat on the step.