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How effective are standing desks?

At a first glimpse the standing desks seem like another "improvement" companies throw to an item to make customers upgrade and re-buy the same thing. Essentially it's just a desk, right? That's what I ...
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How effective are standing desks?

A recent meta-analysis of 23 published studies is MacEwen, MacDonald, and Burr, "A systematic review of standing and treadmill desks in the workplace," Preventative Medicine 70(January 2015):50-58. ...
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How effective are standing desks?

According to Dr. Jos Verbeek of The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, "What we actually found is that most of it is, very much, just fashionable and not proven good for your health."
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How effective are standing desks?

Being immobile in one position (whether sitting or standing) for long periods of time is just not good for you. Sit too long and you get all those posture problems and what not. Stand too long and ...
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How effective are standing desks?

Anecdotal, I've been using a standing desk for about a year. I write software so it used to be ~8hrs sitting. Now I'm always standing. Dont notice a difference tbh. Some days my legs and lower back ...
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Can an inflexible person do yoga?

Yes, not only can you do yoga. I would say you should do yoga. Sure, yoga has a reputation of being performed by people who are already very flexible, but yoga and other types of stretching is how you ...
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Flexibility training - short & intense vs. long & light

First, a correction of a misconception. You don't stretch ligaments. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and if they stretch out, they don't go back to their original shape. This makes joints loose and ...
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How to correct muscle imbalance in front half vs back half of my body

"For example I always feel my quads after squatting and hardly ever feel my hamstrings." This is because squatting is a quad dominant exercise, this is normal. Yes squats use your whole leg but you ...
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Benefits of stretching if you don't care about flexibility

Research is mixed regarding the importance stretching after exercise. Adaptive shortening of muscles however will cause a problem. Re-Thinking Movement Your body moves as a unit in patterns not as ...
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Is there an inverse relationship between range of motion and stability?

Excessive joint mobility and muscle flexibility can cause instability and lack of strength at end ranges of motion. Most people need to improve their range of motion because they are so immobile. But ...
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Will weight lifting affect speed and flexibility?

Will I gain weight by doing weightlifting? Yes and no. Doing weight lifting will set the stimulus your body needs to grow (gain muscle mass), but lifting alone will be of no use. Imagine that your ...
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I can't figure out which muscle is weakest/tight

I'd highly recommend seeing a local Physical Therapist. A full evaluation is required to properly diagnosis and plan a corrective exercise regimen based on your unique situation. I've included ...
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A2G Squats: Is Ankle Flexibility the Right Concern?

"Ass-to-grass" (ATG) squats are unnecessary except perhaps for Olympic weightlifters. Moreover, for the vast majority of lifters, ATG squats decrease stability and force-production by slackening the ...
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Flexibility loss timeframe

As you hit on, the definition of flexibility is paramount. Rather than debate a proper definition, I'll give some takeaways I use with my clients.         &...
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If high volume of work at high frequency stimulates muscle growth, why does computer work cause RSI?

The "repetitive" part. Repetitive motions can be interpreted by the body as an injury, which in turn can lead to inflammation, which can increase muscle tension, which can decrease ...
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Stretches/exercises to sit cross legged

I'm on the heavier side myself, and so sitting crossed legged was a challenge, especially when I wanted to go to the temple or have a festive meal where the plate would be on the floor, can't be ...
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short exercises to improve core strength, balance and flexibility?

Short exercises I can do of a morning, without specialist equipment, that will specifically help me with balance and both flexibility and strength in my legs and back? Look to reddits r/...
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Can I increase flexibility by strengthening muscles?

Yes You can! I would recommend checking out precision movement, they introduce mobility: Range of motion produced by muscles when going to end range. This in addition to your concept of flexibility. ...
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What are the common causes for asymmetrical hips during the figure-four stretch?

The issue seems to be that you've got varied flexibility between the two sides of your hips. I'm not certain if one is more flexible than the other or if one is more inflexible than the other but it ...
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Can certain exercises help with flexbility?

Yes, full range of motion resistance training can increase flexibility. Morton, S. K., Whitehead, J. R., Brinkert, R. H., & Caine, D. J. (2011). Resistance Training vs. Static Stretching: Effects ...
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Increase Active Flexibility

Active flexibility is the combination of static flexibility in the muscle being stretched, and isometric strength at short muscle lengths in the antagonist of that muscle. So if you have the required ...
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Does Active Flexibility Reduce Speed and Quickness?

If I am interpreting your question correctly, it boils down to something like "If someone has a muscle that can be stretched further, would it have less explosive potential?" TLDR: ...
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Shoulder Mobility: Standing and Lying Dislocation Exercise Difference

If you're just doing them as a stretching/mobility exercise, then there's no difference, as the range of motion through which your shoulders move is identical in both exercises. However this video ...
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If I could do a split as an adolescent, can I relearn to do a split now?

One way to find out if your hip sockets are the limiting factor, is to try and do a split, and if you can get an angle between your legs of 110 degrees or more, you're pretty much good to go. The ...
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I can't perform a squat without falling

"place your foot several inches from a wall. Now, try to move your knee forward until it touches the wall. If your big toe is 4-5 inches from the wall and your knee can’t reach the wall then your ...
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Uneven back flexibility?

Sounds like you are already really flexible - which should make this easier! I actually have the same struggle (only that I am less flexible lol) but my right side is definitely way more flexible than ...
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How can I achieve this position?

Are you capable of activating the muscles in your lower back? Because that's what will keep your back straight in such a position. You are basically hanging on your spine in the picture, which is ...
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Stretch to achieve a good position in an "earth touch"

The usual reason for butt wink is insufficient flexibility in external or internal rotation of the femur. You have to create a 'groove' for your hips to sit into by pushing your knees out and ...
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Is it possible to do weight lifting and have a flexible body?

Certainly. Part of flexibility is fitness of the muscles, because the brain prevents movements which might be unsafe. By building up your muscles, you're training your brain to also recognize that you ...
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