You're Bending Over Wrong — Here's The Right Way

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if you're an American chances are you're

bending over all wrong

when Americans reach down they're likely

to first tilt their heads down and then

bend from the waist this contorts the

body into a cashew like shape not only

is it uncomfortable bending this way

increases the stress on your spinal

discs these joints weren't designed to

bend that way their job is to stabilize

not move the spine and over time it can

weaken the collagen fibers in your spine

and cause back pain the position might

also cause your muscles to tighten and

get tense might not seem like a big deal

but a little back pain can cause a lot

of problems according to a recent report

by the CDC nearly 30 percent of American

adults reported having lower back pain

within the past three months of the

study and the same investigation found

that lower back pain is the leading

cause of disability in Americans under

45 lower back pain can also affect your

mental health a study by the American

Academy of pain medicine found that

adults with lower back pain are more

than four times as likely to experience

serious psychological distress compared

to people without lower back pain and

contrary to popular belief lifting with

your legs isn't any better if you live

with your legs the overarching issue it

seems is that Americans have a habit of

poor posture and alignment but strangely

people from other countries don't have

this problem at least not until recently

you have to get into smaller and smaller

villages because because of media

everybody around the world has access to

United States pop culture and almost all

pop culture's the body is completely

collapsed so we're exporting this

posture all around the world

couch has observed that people in Peru

Guatemala and other non-western cultures

tend to bend using a technique that

protects your spine in this technique

you Bend from the hips keeping your back

parallel to the floor why is this better

for you it all starts with how your hips

are designed to move these joints work

like a ball and socket so they freely

swing back and forth

as a result they can withstand a lot

more force than your spinal disks which

aren't made to handle repeated movements

when overstressed these discs can

separate and lead to disk herniation so

how can you get in the habit of table

bending stand up and put your heels 12

inches apart and put your toes 14 inches

so I'll put your hands on your waist so

if you bend here it's dangerous

and where is our disk and make sure that

tense so every one of them is not at

your waist but you want to bend in your

hip so we have a shortcut that we use

and here it is if you are adamant in the

Bible out of the Bible where would just

put a big knee so you put a big piece

here so we've been one you're easy to go

and screw your legs and then the spine

just comes along and goes up and down

good luck and remember cashews Sheikh is

not a good look for your back