Though most of us would agree that any exercise is better than none, fitness experts have found that some tried-and-true moves, when done incorrectly, can cause more harm than good. WD spoke with top-notch personal trainers, instructors and physical therapists to better understand why certain exercises can be harmful and what alternative moves can help you achieve the same results.
Sit-ups are easy to do anywhere and definitely work your abdominals, but unfortunately, the exercise also puts strain on your spine and can cause back pain. "The mechanics of the movement and position of the body throw the [momentum] into the lower back, forcing your hip flexors to pull directly on the spine. Over time, this will leave you with lower back pain," explains Jon Gallo, CPT, certified fitness trainer and founder of Now I'm Fit, Inc. and Cycle Revolutions. Photo: Thinkstock
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