We live in a technologically advanced world. We want instant gratification. Like yesterday. And yet, even that is too slow. We want to know the current status of our 500+ Friends on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media site we peruse every 15min. We “Like” things/situations that aren’t meant to be “Liked” to show we care, or at the very least, have an interest in whatever happened. Stop it. I challenge you to DISCONNECT.
Mark’s Daily Apple recently posted on a topic that hits home for me in regards to lifestyle. More than likely because it connects to the Flight Attendant side of me that dislikes telling passengers to shut down their electronics 1000 times a day. But I digress, in his post, The Physiological Consequences of Being Hyperconnected, he talks about the compromising positions we put our body through while staying connected all the time. I encourage you to read the post in its entirety but here are a couple that I know you can identify with.
The first position he discusses, “Text Neck”, you are already familiar with as you’ve seen it or are guilty of it. I know I am. The head juts forward and down as you peruse your inbox. CNN.com also posted an article on some of the long term effects of “Text Neck” such as muscle strain, disc herniations, as well as metabolic problems. Doesn’t sound conducive to your lifts, right? Holley posted on the Most Important mWOD Ever featuring Kelly Starrett a while back and it might be something you want to refresh upon to help in correcting that body position.
Another harm causing position Mark talks about is “Text Claw” where your thumbs appear to be doing all the work but in reality, the effects of excessive use are felt through the wrist and forearms as well. Candy Crushers this refers to you. Gamers this also refers to you. We understand that this may be how some of you spend your time outside of CrossFit and work but take a break for a bit, stretch out your wrists and forearms before something serious like tendonitis kicks in.
So what are you supposed to take away from all of this? Do we want you to give up the Internet, social media, stop texting or reading your favorite blog posts like ours at Intrepid? No. But we do want you to be more conscious of your body positions while doing so. Disconnect for a period of time to reassess your slouched shoulders and slumped bodies. Limit your online activities before doing real damage and connect with your surroundings before you walk right into traffic or that light pole up ahead. D’oh too late! 😉
Back Squat 3 x 5
Partner WOD, 4 rounds each:
One partner rests, while the other works