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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.
January is the time when many make their New Year’s resolutions to get into better shape, or to exercise more, and so on. Sadly, many of these well-intended goals go amiss by February. So now that we’re more than halfway through the month of January, we’d like to offer some tips to keep you on track to accomplishing your fitness goals, long past February or even the end of winter.
Here are five ways to make your New Year’s resolution a reality:
- Stay on Target: If you made a New Year’s resolution after midnight on January 1st, you probably tried to get going as early as possible with your fitness plan. You might have joined a gym, or put together a workout regimen to do daily or a few times per week. Whatever you did, stick with it. You might need to adjust it slightly for realistic scheduling, but don’t cut it off entirely.
- Keep it Consistent: If you joined a gym, but you haven’t started using your membership yet, or if you put together a regimen, but you haven’t become regimen-ted in doing it, start! The key to making your resolution a reality is to take that step to making it a habit. Once you make exercise and fitness a regular part of your weekly or daily schedule, it will be much harder to just skip out on it, and you’ll be well on your way to realizing your goals.
- Gradual Diet Change: It’s virtually impossible to become more fit without a good diet in tandem with healthy, regular exercise. But it’s very difficult for many people to cut out junk food on command. Start slowly and work your way into a better diet by looking for more fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting down on sweets and high-calorie carbohydrates, etc. If it’s easier for you to accomplish, limit yourself to one indulgence per day, and then after a week or so, try to cut that out as well.
- Adjust as Needed: Unless you have been a professional nutritionist or trainer before, you probably won’t know the ideal workout or diet for what your body needs for better fitness. Consult professionals, do your research, and change your plan as needed to get the most out of your exercise. However, don’t let the consultations or research prevent you from starting now to work on your fitness goals.
- Find Support & Accountability: Some people can’t just rely on their own drive to get to the gym or yoga mat each time they plan to exercise, and even those who do could use some help. Find a friend to commit with you to an exercise regimen or gym visit, or seek out a professional trainer to help you achieve your goals with the most expert advice and skill. That accountability will go a long way to making your fitness resolutions a reality long into 2013.
Good luck with the achievement of your New Year’s resolutions!