2. Overhead Lift
Why You Should Avoid It: Orthopedists tell patients with herniated discs to avoid overhead lifting. That’s because it compresses your spinal discs, which serve as the shock absorbers of the body. Many of us have herniated discs, whether they’ve manifest themselves with symptoms or not. Like our automotive shock absorbers, spinal discs only have so many miles on them. Why blow those miles in the gym?
What You Should Do Instead: Most any overhead lift benefit can be obtained while lifting dumbbells or barbells below the neck. Lying on a bench is fine since the back and neck are supported by the bench.