SPINE PROBLEMS? — “You want to push out on your belt. I don’t know where people get ‘sucking in,’ you know, sucking your stomach in is retarded. You have to push out on your belt. The more pressure you have on the abdominals, the less pressure on the spinal cord. I was in a thesis back in the early ’80s that proved that with a wire – one to my stomach and one to my thoracic area. And we proved what a weightlifting belt does. Everyone theorized what it did, but no one knew.” – Louie Simmons
*When we describe ourselves as living a sedentary lifestyle, it is normal to downplay the degree of sedation in modern civilization. Even the most physically fit and active athletes in a westernized environment are incredibly sedentary. Sedentary does not just refer to sweat and effort, it refers to the amount and frequency of movement experienced by each and every cell of the body in a given period of time. We must look at each joint, each square inch of the body in every few seconds and ask ourselves, “when was the last time I was in that exact body position?” The answer quite possibly is “never.” And even if we do hit that joint angle, how often do we spend time there? (example, butt-on-heels squat while preparing a meal, and/or eating, and/or just resting). The above two videos (Hadza and Napolese) are nice displays of the differences in movement these humans experience every moment of their lives compared to westernized populations. Picture what we do to prepare and eat a meal and compare each of those steps to what is shown here. It becomes really obvious and probably unsettling to really grasp the degree of sedation our lifestyles force on us when we see what the same human animal experiences in comparable scenarios in a less civilized environment.
[The Dangers of the Desk Job: When spending some time in a Worker’s Compensation law office setting, it was alarming how the vast majority of worker’s comp cases are office workers – people who sit at a desk all day and work with computers and/or papers. It might seem from face-value that the physically demanding labor-intensive outdoor jobs are more dangerous than a low-risk, insulated, indoor office job. But the ratios of work-related injuries that I saw told a very different story. From head and neck injuries, to shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands, and even lower back, hip, and leg injuries, the dangers of the office desk job run the gamut and rank supreme. Why? Is it the individual who is drawn to a desk job? Is it the activity of the desk job itself? Is it the inactivity, the sedation of the desk job? Is it the lack of attention to keeping the body fit, even when work doesn’t seem to require fitness? Surely, a combination of these factors and probably many more are worked into the equation. But regardless of the reasons, it is true that working at a desk for 8+ hours per day can be very dangerous, and we must prepare accordingly.]