Some exercises can cause more damage than progress for your health, creating issues like unnecessary tension in the neck, spine, and shoulders or too much stress on your joints. There are also exercises that are so ineffective, you’ll just be wasting your time doing them. The good news is that there’s a suitable replacement option for each of them.
We did some research to find out which exercises you should refrain from and how to replace them.
Sit-ups vs Leg raises
Stop doing. This exercise may be popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s effective. In fact, sit-ups are even worse for your lower back than crunches.
Start doing. Leg raises are a simple, but very effective, exercise for your core and thighs.
- Start by laying on your back with your arms near your sides;
- Bend your legs slightly and raise them to a 90º angle;
- Return to the initial position and repeat.
Another good alternative is plank.