Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness....fitness , if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body...Not everyone loves exercising the same way, but we all agree that one way or the other we all do some form of exercise. For most this is their number one New Year's resolution. We all start out with a plan if we keep it up is something else. Whenever I feel like exercising, I lay down until the feeling passes...just kidding.
|Brutus exercising = bird watching|
I will lie if I claim that I look forward to exercising, truth is I do it mainly because of guilt and yes i feel better, lots better afterwards. I would love to be a little more consistent, but what can I say? Having the machines at home does make it lots easier because I get up and in pajamas even I can jump on the machine and just go.
When in Chicago I usually have to go to the gym. There I have options of many different machines so I was a bit surprised when I read this article about machines to avoid. have to say I have used a few of these.
Here are the machines it says to avoid. The decision is yours. Remember, when it comes to working out, exercise machines aren’t always effective--or even safe. Here are the machines to skip next time you hit the gym, plus some alternative exercises to help you train smarter.
Seated Leg Extension Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train the quadriceps.
What it actually does: It strengthens a motion your legs aren't actually designed to do, and can put undue strain on the ligaments and tendons surrounding the kneecaps.
A better exercise: One-Legged Body-Weight Squats
Lift one leg up and bend the opposite knee, dipping as far as you can, with control, while flexing at the hip, knee, and ankle. Use a rail for support until you develop requisite leg strength and balance. Aim for five to 10 reps on each leg. (If you are susceptible to knee pain, do the Bulgarian split squat instead, resting the top of one foot on a bench positioned two to three feet behind you. Descend until your thigh is parallel to the ground and then stand back up. Do five to 10 reps per leg.)
Seated Shoulder Press Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train shoulders and triceps.
What it actually does: Overhead pressing can put shoulder joints in vulnerable biomechanical positions. It puts undue stress on the shoulders, and the movement doesn't let you use your hips to assist your shoulders, which is the natural way to push something overhead.
A better exercise: Medicine-Ball Throws
Stand three feet from a concrete wall; bounce a rubber medicine ball off a spot on the wall four feet above your head, squatting to catch the ball and rising to throw it upward in one continuous motion. Aim for 15 to 20 reps. Alternative: Standing alternate dumbbell presses. As you push the right dumbbell overhead, shift the right hip forward. Switch to the left side
Seated Behind-the-Neck Lat Pull-Down Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train lats, upper back, and biceps.
What it actually does: Unless you have very flexible shoulders, it's difficult to do correctly, so it can cause pinching in the shoulder joint and damage the rotator cuff.
A better exercise: Incline Pull-ups
Keeping your torso stiff, pull your chest to the bar 10 to 15 times. To make it harder, lower the bar; to make it easier, raise the bar.
Seated Chest Fly Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train chest and shoulders.
What it actually does: It can put the shoulder in an unstable position and place excessive stress on the shoulder joint and its connective tissue.
A better exercise: Incline Push-Ups
Aim for 15 to 20 reps. If this is too easy, progress to regular push-ups, and aim for five to eight reps.
Seated Hip Abductor Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train outer thighs.
What it actually does: Because you are seated, it trains a movement that has no functional use. If done with excessive weight and jerky technique, it can put undue pressure on the spine.
A better exercise: Lateral Band Walks
Place a heavy, short, looped resistance band around your legs (at your ankles); sidestep out 20 paces and back with control. This is much harder than it sounds.
Seated Rotation Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train abdominals and obliques.
What it actually does: Because the pelvis doesn't move with the chest, this exercise can put excessive twisting forces on the spine.
A better exercise: Cable Wood Chop
Let your heels turn freely with your torso. Aim for 10 to 12 reps.
Seated Leg Press Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings.
What it actually does: It often forces the spine to flex without engaging any of the necessary stabilization muscles of the hips, glutes, shoulders, and lower back.
A better exercise: Body-Weight Squats
Focus on descending with control as far as you can without rounding your lower back. Aim for 15 to 20 for a set and increase sets as you develop strength.
Smith Machine Squats
What it's supposed to do: Train chest, biceps, and legs.
What it actually does: The alignment of the machine—the bar is attached to a vertical sliding track—makes for linear, not natural, arched movements. This puts stress on the knees, shoulders, and lower back.
A better exercise: Body-Weight Squats
Focus on descending with control as far as you can without rounding your lower back. Aim for 15 to 20 for a set and increase sets as you develop strength
Roman Chair Back Extension Machine
What it's supposed to do: Train spinal erectors.
A better exercise: The Bird-Dog
Crouch on all fours, extend your right arm forward, and extend left leg backward. Do 10 seven-second reps, and then switch to the opposite side.
Roman Chair Sit-up
What it's supposed to do: Train abdominals and hip flexors.
What it actually does: The crunching motion can put undue stress on the lower back when it is in a vulnerable rounded position.
A better exercise: The Plank
Lie facedown on the floor. Prop up on your forearms, palms down. Rise up on your toes. Keep your back flat and contract your glutes, abdominals, and lats to keep your butt from sticking up. Hold this pose for 20 to 60 seconds.
Well here you have it, these are the 10 machines it says to avoid. Like I say everyone is different, but being informed is never a bad thing. As they say, "knowledge is power" The decision is all yours. Me I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I am doing....
The only exercise some people fet is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck....