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We spend a lot of time touting the benefits of healthy diet and exercise, especially with regard to a weight loss plan, so you might be surprised to hear us say that you can stop exercising. But that’s exactly what we’re saying, at least with regard to these three types of exercise!

The truth is, you never have to do these unpopular, uncomfortable moves ever again. You can get fit and succeed at a weight loss plan without them. And there might be some good reasons why you shouldn’t do them.

Sit-ups. Many people believe they must do sit-ups if they want to tone their abdomen and increase core strength. But in reality, sit-ups aren’t really the best exercise for building abdominal muscles. And since the motion of pulling your neck forward and rounding your shoulders can be bad for your back, sit-ups can actually cause some chronic strain and pain. Try planks, Pilates, and yoga for building core strength instead.

Back extensions. The back extension machine at the gym can actually cause strain to your spine, especially if you add too much weight while repeatedly flexing and extending your lower back. Once again, yoga and Pilates provide the better and safer solutions. Or, you can talk to a personal trainer about other exercises that target your lower back.

Lat pull-downs or chin-ups. Technically, you can still do these exercises, but take care to do them correctly. Never pull the bar behind your head, because this will over-extend your shoulders and increase the risk of injury. Pull the bar to your collarbone instead.

Any time you begin a new exercise routine, especially one that involves weight training, it can pay to consult with a personal trainer. You don’t even need to subscribe to the service in the long-term. Just schedule a session or two, to make sure you’re using the proper form and repetitions. Then you can work toward your weight loss plan or fitness goals without risking injury and pain.

And of course, if you need any other advice on exercise or diet, give us a call. We’re here to help as well.