Being evidence-based is important, it means that you can be confident that the advice you give is based on facts, not opinions or, worse still, feelings. For example, any fitness or nutrition ‘expert’ who claims that weight loss occurs only when you control for insulin secretion is wrong. I can say that with 100% confidence because there is enough compelling evidence that shows that simply is not the case and that insulin-obesity hypothesis has NEVER been proven by science (1, 2, 3). Of course, the evidence doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story, but it can certainly show us when something is just plain wrong.
We hear all the time about the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle. But there are so many different exercises and so many training styles how do you know what the best exercises are? This will be informed by a number of factors; your health history, your activity levels, your weight, your personal interests, your sport, your age, etc. Here I intend to give you a convincing argument for three exercises (and variations) that EVERYONE should include in their healthy lifestyle regardless of goal. But before I give you the exercises, let me establish some context.
If you have followed me for a while now you'll be well aware that I believe everyone should be doing some kind of resistance training on a regular basis. If you are unsure why, read this blog I wrote a while back (HERE). Not only do I believe it (and let me be clear that is is not a personal opinion based on emotion, it's an evidence-informed opinion) but just recently the the UK Health Authority declared that everyone should do at least two muscle strengthening workouts per week.
Did you know that in addition to fitness and nutrition I also offer professional bike fits? Well I do. Full disclosure, I’m a part-time recreational cyclist at best and my personal preference is for off-road. I ride an entry level 26er hardtail… Yep a 26er, remember those? Anyway, the fact that you are likely a more serious cyclist than me ought not to put you off because I have a very particular set of skills, skills that I have acquired over a long career… Don’t worry I’m not going to hunt you down and kill you like Liam Neeson.
If you have read my other blogs on exercises for lower back-pain you will have already seen the importance of core stabilisation, or at-least the need to understand dynamic stability and correct alignment through movement. But what about spine mobility? Does that play a role too? You bet your aching arse it does! Here are the other blogs in that series: