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Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

I am a programmer myself and often spend about 10-13 hours a day in a chair and had similar problems. My solution - a full body 20 minute workout everyday, with emphasis on more 'active' physical ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

No, it should not be avoided. Like any machine, it's a tool, and it has a purpose. The article seems to refer to the fact that during a seated leg press, the weight presses down on your feet, and ...
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Are sit-ups actually harmful?

As a preface, although your concerns about the validity of the field of chiropractic are entirely warranted, it appears that Dr. Stuart M. McGill is indeed qualified. He was a former professor at the ...
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Lower back pain when performing lying leg raise

If you feel sharp pain in the lower back, then you need to adjust the exercise. The reason why lying leg raises are often painful, is that the lower back gets pinched and compressed as the weight of ...
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Preparing for moving to new house

With only one week before the move, you don't have enough time to develop significantly more strength. Instead, focus on these tips for safely moving things: Before lifting an object, take a big ...
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Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

First you need to realise that sitting all the time is not just bad for your back, but also bad for your learning. Break the learning into chunks of about 20min. Use the breaks for exercise. This ...
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How to avoid overworking lower back?

To build on Eric's comment; the best advice is to follow a workout program that is tried and true. If you're trying to make your own program, and you find yourself having to ask this question, you ...
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Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

Yoga's cat pose is perfect for this. 2 minutes of it before going to sleep. And then 2 minutes of extended cat's pose with stretching opposing arm and leg. Another exercise is pull-ups (or just hang ...
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Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

I'm a web developer, and I have to work for more than 10 hours a day. So in my opinion the best thing to do for any desk job or long periods of studying is taking small breaks, like 5 minutes every 1 ...
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What kind of anaerobic exercises should one avoid during lower back pain?

Firstly, imaging, such as x-rays and MRIs, to determine the cause of lower back pain is problematic because asymptomatic people tend to have all kinds of spinal degenerations which don't actually ...
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How does back extension work?

The erector spinae muscles (iliocostalis, longissimus and spinalis) extend the back. In the back extension exercise they work isometrically to maintain an extended back against gravity that tries to ...
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Is it good to roll your lower back with tennis ball?

The reason it's "forbidden" to foam roll your lower back is because you don't have a rib cage there to protect your internal organs. You can, and often should foam roll your lower back, but it should ...
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Unable to keep lower back straight during Romanian Deadlift

Others have mentioned correct breathing but i might also suggest that: 1). The weight is too heavy. If you can't do the movement correctly the first response should be to lower the weight until you ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

Does this mean that no matter what precautions and position we take when using seated leg press one always incurs the risk of low back injuries? No, that's not what the author is trying to say. You ...
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How to tighten core during normal activities?

The best thing you can do, is to forget about trying to consciously tense your abs during daily activities. There is nothing inherently wrong with relaxing the stomach muscles, especially during ...
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Identify the muscle group associated with back rounding and straightening

There's a lot of them. At first blush, you have the erector spinea muscles which you can imagine like a bundle of angel hair pasta running along the sides of your vertebrae. But left alone, there's ...
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Lower back rounding

In general, muscles should take more load than connective tissues. Even big strong ligaments and tendons (like the Achilles) do not have the absorption and range of the calf muscle they're connected ...
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What are the best butt workouts men?

It depends on the kind of butt you want. Bret Contreras, aka "The Glute Guy" is well known as the world's glute training expert (he literally wrote his PhD thesis on glute exercise ...
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Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

This article from Business Insider talks about a study that concluded that 52 minutes of work followed by a 17 minute break was the work cadence that the participants' best employees used. You can ...
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Exercises for an overweight person to decrease weight who is also suffering from back ache due to long sitting hours

First things first (and I cannot stress this enough) is you need to get your back pain evaluated - there can be many different causes for it and if there is an underlying medical issue you risk ...
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Understanding the circuit workout style for strength development in THENX program

As a general rule, the answer to the question "Why is this fitness influencer doing this exercise or workout in this unusual way?" is either one or both of two common explanations: They ...
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Lower back-friendly abs exercises

Based on the source you added, the main negatives of sit ups are pressing the spine against the floor and the incorporation of the hit flexors. There are other bodyweight ab exercises that don't ...
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Identify the muscle group associated with back rounding and straightening

First and foremost ensure that you are using the proper lifting techniques. This means you should be able to lift in slow, controlled movements as opposed to jerky and unstable movements. If your new ...
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Lower back pain when performing lying leg raise

Well I see nobody wants to answer this so I will give it a try: 1.No.It is not normal to feel back pain no matter what exercise you do.(And I experienced people saying they had the same pain you had ...
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Do planks tighten up hip flexors? (Back pain when doing core exercises)

Just to clarify one concept, there is no hip extension while doing planks however don’t mistake joint movement with muscle tension (or a muscle contraction). Yes, planks require an isometric ...
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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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Excercise to avoid Back Pain after crunches

I'd highly recommend rethinking your core training. Sit-ups cause dangerously high compression and shearing forces to your spine about 730 pounds (3300 N) which well exceed safe levels established by ...
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Preparing for moving to new house

Its too late to make an effective difference physically. At best you can stretch and warm up before moving stuff on the day, but it won't drastically increase your endurance or capacity. However but ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

Before arriving on any conclusion, let's check the physics related to both version of workout. (source: cloudfront.net) In the squat one, you can see your spine holding the whole weight. In the ...
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Can knee flexion exercises improve hip extension strength?

From https://www.strengthandconditioningresearch.com/muscles/hamstrings/ The hamstrings are a group of four muscles on the back of the thigh. Three of them are two-joint muscles (performing both ...
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