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Why sitting is the new smoking

... And what to do about it!


Did you guys know that over 80% of the population will have lower back pain during their live? So today we want to show you guys on how to reverse the effects of lower crossed syndrome (LCS), which causes increased forward tilt of the pelvis and an excessive lower-back arch. LCS is often the result of a sedentary lifestyle.


Many of us spend hours each day sitting at a desk, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. The good news is that it's possible to combat the effects of a sedentary lifestyle through movement.

What happens to our bodies when we sit?

  1. Core and glutes are off, which lead to them becoming weak.

  2. Hip Fflexors are in a shortened position, leading to them becoming short/tight/weak


How do we fix it?


The number one fix is always going to be movement. But more importantly, you should learn how to move correctly in a neutral position. When it comes to fixing a problem there is no such thing as an isolated fix. Getting the body to move in full range of motion CORRECTLY will be the most effective.


Also we have to take into account that when we sit, the hip flexors become tight, which means that its time to mobilize them!!


The Couch Stretch has always been our favorite way to open up the anterior compartment of the hip.




BUT HERE IS THE KICKER! Stretching tight muscles and not coupling it with strength exercises to solidify it is liking typing a 10 page essay and exiting without saving. We have to make sure that we are always pairing this with core and glute strengthening exercises.


Planks, farmer carries, glute bridges are some easy examples of stability exercises to help improve your core strength.



Farmer carries are a great exercise for building core strength.


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