Muscles Monday: Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines

Happy Monday!

Spring is almost here! I hope you are as excited as me for the warmer months ahead!

I'm sure you've heard me say more times than you can probably count, "hinge your hips" or "push your hips back towards the wall" when performing a squat or a deadlift.  The primary reason - in case you are wondering - is to protect your spine. Or in other words, to strengthen the spine and minimize back pain. 

So, today, I want to explore hip - hinging further and look at how we should adopt this technique more (both in exercise and everyday life) to spare our spines -- especially since we are bending several times a day!

Summary:  When people bend with the cashew shape in their back — like we often do — they're bending their spine. "That puts more stress on the spinal disks," McGill says. On the other hand, when you hip hinge, your spine stays in a neutral position. The bending occurs at the hip joint — which is the king of motion. "Hips are a ball and socket joints," McGill says. "They are designed to have maximum movement lots of muscle force." In other words, your boots may be made for walking, but your hips are made for bending.

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Happy hinging!

Until next time!