Hurting my own posture during workouts

Is Fitocracy Fred a good workout buddy?

Is Fitocracy Fred a good workout buddy?

A little while ago, I started using Fitocracy, a website (with Android and iOS apps) that helps you track your workouts and motivates you by keeping track of your achievements and awarding you points based on your workout intensity.

On the whole, it’s been pretty good. With the cold, hard numbers staring me in the face everytime I work out, I know how much more I need to push myself to get a little bit stronger, faster, and fitter. I like to vary my workouts from day to day based on how I feel, so it has also given me the flexibility to make quick substitutions during workouts without fouling up my record-keeping, and the records are all online for me to reference, so I can track progress across all the exercises I’ve ever done. But there’s one thing that I know it’s not been good for…

My neck!

I’ve mentioned it before in a previous post about how the internet kills posture, and I started noticing it over the weekend while going through one of my workouts. I kept stopping to enter my numbers into Fitocracy by doing that familiar forward-head craning, tucking my chin into my chest, and then punching away with my thumbs.

There’s nothing quite like the convenience of using a cell phone based app to help monitor the intensity of my workouts, but I think going back to a pen and paper with the assistance of a spreadsheet may actually be a lot better for me in the long run, at least from a postural perspective. Perhaps I could blend Fitocracy together with paper and pen during the workout and then just entering info into Fitocracy later…

What do you think? Anyone out there have a blended approach that they like?


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.

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