Posts Tagged ‘spine’

Crunches are bad … here’s why

December 25, 2018

I spend most of my day hunched over a computer. That’s bad. It’s causing my spine to curve like a C, which is the wrong way for the spine to be curved.

The spine should be curved the other direction.

Crunches are bad because with every rep the abs are pounding on the spine to flatten out. But the spine should not be flat. The spine should be arched.

No more crunches for me.

In fact, no more exercises that pound the spine into flatness, which means no more upside-down leg press, no more flyes with legs up on the bench, etc. And certainly, no exercise that curl forward.

Measure your height first thing in the morning

December 26, 2017

A little known fact is that we are all actually taller first thing in the morning than we are before we go to bed at night. This comes down to our discs. The discs in between each of our vertebrae are packed with very concentrated protein chains that love water. In scientific terms, this means they are “hydrophilic.” When we lie horizontally, the discs fill with fluid and gently push the vertebrae away from one another, lengthening the spine. The reason our backs are often stiff in the morning is that the discs are so full of fluid, like water balloons ready to burst. When we get up in the morning and our spines are once again vertical, the excess fluid in each disc begins to seep out and an hour or two after rising from bed we have returned to our normal heights. This natural ebb and flow is healthy and is what allows the discs to obtain nutrition.

The Back Mechanic, by Stuart McGill, Ph.D.

Deadlifts to Activate the Kundalini Energy

September 7, 2014

Yesterday I had a tremendous amount of energy. So much energy, in fact, it was difficult to sleep last night. Today I reflected on this and asked: Did I eat something different? No. Did I take a new vitamin supplement? No.

Then it occurred to me that I did do something different yesterday: I did deadlifts for the first time in several weeks. I am convinced that it was the deadlifts that activated the energy in my back and spine!

I remember reading about a spiritual practice called Kundalini Yoga. The objective of the practice is to raise the Kundalini (energy) at the base of the spine. It occurs to me that the deadlifts I did yesterday raised my Kundalini!

Want to raise your Kundalini? Do a set of 20 reps of deadlifts!