Skip the sit-ups, save your back
Once the epitome of fitness, the sit-up's reign might be coming to an end. Doctors have long argued the exercise is too risky for one's back. One professor of spine biomechanics told the Wall Street Journal sit-ups can place "hundreds of pounds of compressive force on the spine."
And now sit-ups might even be dropped in settings especially known for toughness.
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A recent editorial published in Navy Times advocates for the exercise being removed from a physical test sailors have to pass twice a year.
Canada's Armed Forces has already cut it from its fitness tests, contending that sit-ups don't relate much to the conditioning required to get soldiers ready for the battlefield.
Many experts say a better alternative to sit-ups is plank exercises.
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