Why You Should Move More (but not to burn calories)

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In my perfect world, calorie counters would be banned from all exercise machines.

Instead, I would add “number of limbs moved” or “variety of planes used” or, even better, I would add a “level of enjoyment” meter.

While we all know that staying physically active is essential to a long, healthy,  and productive life, many of us don’t make time for it in our busy lives. As easy as it would be for me to chalk this up to society being lazy or uninterested in their own wellbeing (beyond popping meds when your health gets out of control).

I think the real reason is that we, as a society, have mistakenly and inextricably linked exercise purely with weight loss.

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How to Start Using Pull-Up Bars

Before you start dangling, swinging, and pulling up:

  • Your hands are probably weak (sorry). If so, check out the article How to Increase Your Grip Strength.
  • Don’t jump right into swinging or pulling, first just hang. Even if that means you keep your feet (lightly) on the ground.
  • It is important to learn how to hang with your shoulders down and your shoulder blades rotated back and down. This will help you activate the correct muscles and not hurt yourself.

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