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 thought until I started my current job which provided me with a standing desk.
My job is sedentary and very static. I experimented and on some days remained ...
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.
The article is here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.11.011
Quoting from the paper's summary:
Treadmill desks led to the greatest improvement in ...
She doesn't know what she's talking about.
The hips do not interface with any socket, rather they each contain a socket, so it makes no sense to try to describe the hips as moving relative to their own sockets. Furthermore, the femurs do not move out of the hip sockets except in the case of hip dislocation, which is a serious injury usually only occurring ...
I'm sorry you are having poor sleep!
There are a few things you can try that have worked for me (I also have chronic neck issues).
Rolling a towel and placing it under your neck while lying on your back, and rolling a few towels to place underneath your knees. If you feel uncomfortable on your back because your lower spine feels a pull, the rolled up ...
Don't Sit All Day
Sitting hunched over a desk or laptop all day is not good for you. At a minimum, take regular breaks throughout the day: walk around the building, get some water, stretch your arms, roll out your neck and ankles, do a few lunges, sit in a third world squat for thirty seconds:
Configure a standing desk, but don't stand all day either: ...
I find that posture comes from strength in the right areas. A strong back tends to pull your shoulders back, which pushes your chest up. Your abdominal muscles create a solid wall up front, which keeps you upright. A strong lower back also helps to rock your chest up and keep you upright.
A lot of poor posture is caused by anterior pelvic tilt, typically ...
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 are sore if I happened to walk to work that day. If anything, now when I sit for a long time my lower back feels some soreness on getting up.
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 blood pools to your calves.
The natural state of man is to go between periods of rest and motion. Either you are laying around loafing or MOVING (walking, ...
"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 wouldn't 'feel it' in your hamstrings as much (if at all) than your quads.
"I can go to parallel but an attempt to go below results in form degradation "
An illustration of your problem:
your weight training may improve or worsen the problem.
It depends on which exercises you do and how you do them.
First thing is you want to "stop" training your chest.
That is "stop" doing bench press. When doing bench press use a narrow grip that shifts the load onto the triceps muscles instead. Prefer (...
Horizontal rows are generally better for correcting posture in deskbound workers.
You should be looking to strengthen your rear-shoulder muscle-groups: Trapezius, scapular deltoid, rhomboids, scapular retractors.
Any sort of horizontal row where you keep your elbows high will do the trick. In addition, try any of the following:
You're right to be skeptical about this, because a lateral pelvic tilt can be caused by either something very severe, or something mild.
I had this issue recently (I'm grown up with symetric pelvis) because (im not sure) I've done lot lot of house work (cleaning)
This suggests that the cause for this lateral pelvic tilt (LPT for now) is not very severe. ...
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 information below that provides an overview of typical patterns seen that are similar to what you're describing.
Postural and Neuromuscular Dysfunctions
A very common movement impairment is using the lower back to compensate for a lack of overhead shoulder mobility.
Here is a person with their hands above their head:
BUT, the person is actually leaning back to get this overhead motion:
Interestingly, the risks of mortality between the two conditions, sitting and standing, appear to be causally different.
Our understanding of the former is supported by a large body of research demonstrating a general association between sedentary time and mortality. However, occupational sitting is not strongly associated directly with diseases like ...
I have not tried out 5x5 training myself but it
consists of two full body-workouts:
Workout A: Squat, Bench Press, Barbell Row
Workout B: Squat, Overhead Press, Deadlift,
You train three times a week, alternating workout A and B, and resting
at least one day between two workouts. You never train two days in a
row because your body needs days ...
Yep, it's pretty do-able. I just did one right now to be sure. There's actually a bunch of muscles involved since you're locking your legs straight to help on the lever aspect.
The exercise is referred to as a straight leg situp. Off the top of my head, I think some general full body conditioning stuff would be good, particularly the flutter kick, turkish ...
To me, it sounds like you also need to be working on your upper thoracic mobility. This should also help with the hyperlordosis as the two areas are connected. Between them both, you can really correct your posture. When you warm up, also make sure your shoulders are properly warmed up as well. A couple warmup routines include (just pick one to use):
For side sleeping use body pillow.
I have to sleep on my side because of sleep apnea. I'm using two body pillows and Side Sleeper Pillow under my check.
First, it's much more comfortably to hug body pillow with your arms
and legs. Your arms and shoulders will be completely relaxed.
Second, check size of the pillow under the check. It should be
First off, I hope you're doing more than just the 5 exercises in the article you linked to. Those exercises are indeed a good set of exercises for the upper back, but good posture is only achieved through exercising the entire body!
Intensity and volume parameters
When deciding your set/rep ranges, one often asks "do I want to focus on ...
Common issue, you misconceive that pulling belly in is correcting your Lumbar Lordosis, or Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT).
Your erector spinae (lower back spinal muscles) and hip flexors tend to be tight (and should be stretched), and the glutes and abdominals tend to be weak (and should be strengthened). This typically causes one's butt and gut to stick out. ...
Probably depends just how still you have to stand. Beefeaters (the fellows in black hats and red jackets who stand at attention at the Tower of London) have to stand absolutely still for hours at a time. They alternate weight between toe and heel, with the feet a half-phase off from each other (left toe & right heel, then left heel & right toe.) ...
We can't provide a full life-routine for you to follow, as we'd need to diagnose a lot more than what we can see in the picture, and the paragraph you wrote. But I'll touch on the most immediate pitfall I see, and provide some further learning resources.
After that, it's up to you to seek out a qualified physician, or a physical therapist to help you.
I wouldn't say that cycling is "bad" for your health. There's solid research that cycling can fix a bum knee, as an example:
It is suggested that cycling might be a useful exercise in the
rehabilitation of patients with injuries to the anterior cruciate
ligament, medial collateral ligament of the knee or achilles tendon.
And just to ground everyone ...
Romanian deadlifts and good mornings are both hinge patterns, however there are some major differences. Such as the lever action in relation to where the load is placed. A true good morning is a posteriorly top loaded hip hinge. The difference being the loading vector and range of motion.
The good morning is what is called a class three lever (Romanian ...
It seems comfortable as you describe. The first things I'd check is that:
Your upper body is supported by your hips and your back isn't becoming rounded,
Your head is where it should be, not extended forward, and
That your keyboard and screen are correctly positioned.
Having said that, I assume you're frequently typing, not just watching the screen. ...
You can, but probably shouldn't train just one side of the neck.
Any exercise involving neck lateral flexion (bending the head to the side) or rotation can obviously be performed in one direction only, in order to only target specific muscles. However if would be difficult to impossible to perfectly match the stress that tennis imparts on these muscles, and ...
You can do all of the ab workouts you like and never see a difference if your diet isn't in the right place. "Abs are 70% diet and 30% training," unfortunately, and I believe that is the truth. Your abs are under your "fat" so training abs without changing your diet will help, but not nearly as much as a better diet would.
Posture may help a little bit. If ...
I usually start out the night on my back and move to some position that has my head turned sideways on my pillow. I usually put my hand under my face (palm to the pillow) to keep the pillow itself from covering too much of my face when I sink down. The solution I've come up with was to get a firmer pillow. This has helped with my need to sleep on my hand.