According to the 4 Laws of Training We Become What We are.

We have had some discussions lately about the 4 Laws of Training. In these laws we discuss how your body responds to stimulus and that ultimately it is the types of stimulus we give it that can make anatomical changes. Typically when you think of this it is in regards to doing exercise to create a better body in some way. Weight training can increase the size and strength of your muscles. Going for a run will increase the capabilities will increase your cardiovascular systems ability to circulate oxygenated blood.

I want to take a chance to also show you the opposite. What if the stimulus we most commonly gave our body was a lack of physical demand but rather placing it in a seated position for long periods. I have trained literally thousands of clients over the years that have been computer programmers or other desk employees. Many of them come in with similar issues, most commonly is back pain. Upper back pain and neck pain is almost a given for those that work at a desk for extended periods of time.

forward-head-posture-manSo like I said in the title we become what we are. If we are a person who sits at a desk for many hours at a time and that becomes the dominant stimulus we give to our muscles, we slowly turn into a body that is designed to sit. Look at the picture of this guy. Pretty typical posture that we see of anyone working at a computer. As I type this I am kneeling and doing as many exercises between sentences as I can. If we spend multiple hours at a time in this position, eventually our body will become permanently stuck in this position.

We must constantly give our bodies the necessary stimulus it needs to maintain our natural posture and our muscular efficiency. Make sure if you are someone who needs to spend a significant amount of time in a seated position, or any fixed position for that matter, try to get up and move as often as you can. This will not only drastically slow down the process of your body conforming to this stimulus, it may complete prevent it if you work at it.

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  1. Patty said:

    Scott, you’re what? Kneeling? What a great idea! How much better it must be to kneel or stand at a desk, or better yet did you hear about the desk set up over a treadmill? Nice slow pace all day while getting the job done on the computer.

    September 24th, 2009 at 5:02 pm
  2. Scott said:

    I have not seen or heard of the desk over a treadmill but I am not sure if I would recommend that or not. Some serious negative side effects to say the least. Although I would take it over just sitting there obviously!

    September 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

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