It’s not just something trainers have to say – good form when you lift weights and exercise is critical for safety and for ensuring that you’re getting the most from your workout.
Here are some reasons why form is so important for safe and effective workouts:
- Safety: Safety is number-one when it comes to well, just about everything. The same goes for exercise. When you’re lifting weights especially, it can be really easy to injure yourself – sometimes very seriously – if you do not use the correct form and posture. Form helps you avoid pulling muscles, straining them, and even tearing ligaments in extreme cases.
- Alignment: Did you know that your body has natural safety measures built in? It tries to keep you from injuring yourself unconsciously. However, bad form or posture can weaken those safety measures. When you have the right form as you exercise, you are keeping your body in its correct alignment. That way you can work on the muscle groups you’re targeting without harming them or other muscles.
- Resting: One major causes of injury is overtraining – when you work on one muscle group excessively and don’t give it time to rest. You should be alternating the groups that you exercise, avoiding overuse. The problem with bad form in this case is that it can cause you to work muscles that are supposed to be resting. Good form will focus your efforts on the right muscle groups, allowing heavily-worked areas to rest.
- Efficiency: You’re wasting a lot of time (and if you have a personal trainer, money) if you are exercising with bad form. Good form allows you to target the areas of your body that you are trying to work on – efficiently giving you the best workout for the time you spend. With incorrect form, you risk working on other muscle groups, and wasting the time
- Effectiveness: More than time, your workout will be much more effective with the right form. Poor form keeps you from getting the results you want. If you make a conscious effort with every rep, every lift, every set to make sure you’re doing it with the right posture and form, the faster your body will become stronger. The more consistent you are with good form, the faster it will become second nature.
Proper form is key to a good, safe workout, and I hope these reasons have helped to drive that home. If you need help determining the right form as you lift weights or do your workout regimen, contact us to set up a meeting with a personal trainer. Their job is to make sure you’re exercising safely and effectively, so that you can reach your fitness goals.