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101 things to do on a park bench

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So, the second you give something up…the more appealing it becomes. Am I right? I should give up doing laundry…oh wait, I guess it doesn’t work for everything!

To add an addendum to my previous post about taking a break, I will say you may see me drop a note or two on and off this summer as I’m inspired. I am not going to make any predictions there but go with the flow.

With that said I wanted to share with you this RAD video I found, it is too good to not share. All I have to say is start prepping for Green Gym Day – June 9! If you are interested in finding a park bench with me somewhere, let’s meetup and do it! (In real life – I’ll let you know the details) ūüôā

What I especially enjoy about this video is that it includes a lot of yoga postures ūüôā

I hope you enjoy and are inspired!

Properly Building Core Strength: A Reminder About the Dangers of Sit-ups

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We¬†are told that having a strong core will prevent back problems. So what¬†do health-conscious people do? They engage¬†their core, putting themselves through tireless workouts that pair countless sit-ups with the beat of music.¬†The problem with this picture is that standard¬†sit-ups actually do more¬†damage than good to the back.¬† That’s right.¬†Word on the street is the traditional sit-up is¬†NOT good for you.

Dr. Richard Guyer from The Texas Black Institute explains that the ‚Äúcrunch‚ÄĚ part of crunches¬†will strain your back at its weakest point. The segment of your spine¬†with the most nerves (and therefore¬†most potential for nerve damage) is the¬†actual section¬†that bends and strains during a traditional sit-up.

Now, I know for most of us, we are not sad about this news. When we first heard it,¬†we maybe incorporated this¬†tidbit into our concept of reality a little too readily.¬†After all, now¬†we have scientific support to back our¬†unpopular choice¬†to lay on the mat during the sit-up part of the exercise routine, hoping the instructor didn’t¬†notice our lack of participation. Wrong.¬†Just because traditional¬†sit-ups are¬†hard¬†on your back does not mean that you are off the hook for¬†toning and¬†sculpting¬†that abdomen of yours. We all still need to support our back through a proper¬†and safe core building exercise regimen.

This five minute video by Stuart McGill  demonstrates some functional and safe core workouts that can get you started.

My favorite core workout exercise highlighted in the video is the balancing one, where you alternate your arms and legs.

Another favorite abdominal muscle-building exercise I enjoy is the Plank Pose.

What is your favorite core building exercise?

What do you do to protect and support your back?