The 6 Worst Exercises

It's true that exercise benefits the mind, body, and soul. According to the CDC, regular exercise can improve brain health, weight management,

muscle and bone strength, and disease risk. Physical activity and less sedentary time have benefits.

Rethink your sit-up routine. Read warns that this exercise may strain your lower back and offer few benefits.

1. Sit-ups

"Popular among old-school bodybuilders, this lat pulldown variation compresses the neck joint in an unsafe way without much benefit and puts excess torque on the shoulder,"

2. Behind-the-Neck Lat Pulldowns

The hack squat involves positioning yourself on the machine, grabbing the side handles, and straightening your legs before squatting.

3. Hack Squats

Another popular bodybuilding exercise, the upright row, can strain your shoulders without benefit.

4. Upright Rows

Box jumps can cause knee injuries if done incorrectly.

5. Box Jumps

"Used in CrossFit due to the ability to perform faster 'pull-ups' that are legal per CrossFit standards,

6. Kipping Pull-ups