14 Dangerous Exercises for Athletes Over 50

Sep 25, 2018 by

Back story.

Five days ago, Reader’s Digest published a story titled “14 Exercises to Never Do After Age 50,” which mostly flew under the radar until WSPA, a local Greenville, SC CBS affiliate aired it on tv. In that segment, they cited Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates as the source.

But we’ll get back to that in a second.

So what are these 14 deadly exercises?

You’re going to laugh, or cry.

  1. Running stairs
  2. Bikram or hot yoga
  3. High-intensity interval training
  4. Spin class
  5. Push-ups
  6. Squats with weights
  7. Bench press
  8. Burpees
  9. Pull-ups
  10. Crunches
  11. Deadlift
  12. Jumping lunges
  13. Sprints
  14. Leg presses

People actually believe this?

Yes. Sadly. It’s not going to change their minds overnight but posting a video of you doing one of these movement, tagging Readers Digest and showing them how dangerous it really isn’t is a good start.

Their Instagram handle is @readersdigest.You should probably tag @morningchalkup and @crossfit too for good measure.

Oh and by the way, the Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates issued a statement on Facebook stating they never said these movements were dangerous so don’t beat those folks up.


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