Exercise isn't bad for you
I'm sure you’ve heard this before: “squats are bad for your knees”. Maybe you’ve heard that “deadlifts are bad for your back” or that “pressing is bad for your shoulders”. It’s time to set the record straight. Exercise isn’t bad for your joints. Better yet, movement isn’t bad for your joints.
What is bad for your joints? Things like muscle imbalances and weaknesses, poor range of motion and simply, a lack of movement. That’s what is bad for your joints.
Do you struggle with pain during certain movements like walking down the stairs, overhead pressing a barbell, or even just bending your knee? Oftentimes there isn't an easily identifiable cause of your pain, and you might be told: “there’s nothing wrong with your knee”. What this statement fails to address is how important the brain is in allowing you to move. That's right, your brain allows you to move when the conditions are right. But, your brain can take away the movement when it doesn’t feel safe, stable, or secure.