We know exercise is the key to longevity — helping to strengthen bones, increase muscle, and improve balance. Yet most aging adults still shy away from new workout routines. Fear of injury, or worsening a current health condition, are enough motivation to avoid exercise altogether.
If your muscles have a lot of mileage on them, here are the top three exercises that cause more harm than good:
Most exercisers pull on their neck muscles rather than their abdominal muscles during this move, resulting in strains, tension headaches and a totally ignored core. Save yourself a royal pain in the neck by nixing sit-ups entirely.
For abdominal muscle definition, a strong lower back, balance and stability, opt for this total body exercise.
Try this instead: planks
This exercise should be avoided at any age. When creating a fitness routine, it is best to strengthen muscles used in your everyday activities. How often are you pulling heavy weights down behind your neck?
Not only does this exercise put stress on the neck muscles, it can compress arteries in the neck which can lead to dizziness and fainting — two side effects that can easily cause falls.
Try this instead: overhead shoulder press
Most of us don't realize how crucial this joint is until we start to experience aches and pains from years of overuse and misuse. While leg extension machines are great for targeting the quadriceps, improper form and inaccurate seat adjustments can easily jeopardize knee safety.
Try this instead: reverse lunges
Growing older doesn't mean you can't grow stronger.