Well, duh, I don't do the crunches or pushups when I have the spasms. And they're easy crunches, too. I'm not looking for a six-pack or anything like that. Besides, the spasms are a muscular thing — not skeletal, so it's not a "bad back" per se.
I've watched the teeter guy for years infomercialing his Hamgups. I've been intrigued with the concept. It's one thing on the tube I think just might be beneficial. The only thing that keeps me from getting one is the space needed and also idea of strapping my ankles together then hanging helplessly upside down would make me panic as I'm so claustrophobic .
But still think it would feel wonderful
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
My regular schedule: get up and sit down to have breakfast and read the paper. Get up and sit down in the car to go to my office. Get up from the car and sit down at my desk. Get up and stand in front of a class for an hour. Sit down at my desk. Get up and stand in front of a class for an hour. Sit down at my desk. Get up and stand in front of a class for an hour. Sit down at my desk. Get up and sit in the car to go home. Sit down at my desk at home. Get up to cook and sit down to eat it. Sit down to watch Jeopardy. Get up to go sit down at my desk. Get up to brush the teeth. Go to bed. Get up and sit down to have breakfast. . . .
You should see the thigh muscles from all that getting up and sitting down!
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My inversion table is from Teeters. I would not get one without the easy foot release though, at least for me being tall (6'4"). Space is an issue, hence it being in my home office. My cats like it though as when I am inverted, they have a captive playmate!
I jog for an hour on the treadmill three times a week and lift weights three times a week. Instead of strongman stuff anymore, I mainly focus on joint health. I still lift heavy but focus on the knees, back, etc. I also do a lot core exercises such as hanging leg lifts, weighted crunches, incline sit-ups and reverse hyper extensions. I also do multiple back lifts to hit the lower and upper back.
I'm long past that kind of program. During most of the 90's, when I was cycling nearly 10K miles a year and racing weekends from April to late September, I had a more disciplined regimen, and it was almost daily. Every weekday I did 20-25 miles at dawn (occasionally w/the Harvard racing team); Saturdays were century training rides; and Sundays were usually race days. For strength, I did free weights, and I had one of the original Schwinn Bowlflex machines (a bit less configurable then, but the same system of carbon fiber rods for resistance). Plus I had a stair stepper and a stationery bike (both Tunturi), a track stand, and rollers. Boy, them were the days!
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