The Globe and Mail: I always strain my neck when I exercise. What gives?

The question: I always strain my neck when I do weights at the gym. What gives?

The answer: I empathize with you. Almost nothing is more annoying than trying to do something healthy, only to injure yourself in the process.

I have three suggestions:

1. Always meticulously monitor the position of your head and the muscle tone in your neck, especially when doing exercises like planks, crunches, squats and overhead presses. Your head should always be in line with your spine. Don’t let it jut forward or tip down, and make sure the superficial muscles in your neck don’t tense or pop out as you lift. Breathe! READ MORE

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