Tuesday Health Tip: Exercise Correct Form

When exercising, PLEASE make sure you are using the correct form! They are videos on youtube and all over the internet, if you need to know how to do a certain exercise correctly. Just type in the search field what exercise you are trying to do and add correct form and I'm sure it will come up!

If you do not do your exercises correctly, it could lead to strain and injury! So, please follow the right techniques for each exercise.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Go easy on your back. The back is one of the parts of the body most likely to experience strain when exercising incorrectly. Your lower back in particular needs to be looked after well. Don’t overly extend or flex your lower back, or place excessive pressure on it when weight training. Also, bear in mind that the stronger your abs, the more protection your lower back will have.  
  • Be gentle with your joints. If your joints are damaged, they can take a long time to heal – if they heal at all. Listen to your body: If your joints are aching, particularly your knee joints, reduce the weight or take a break.  
  • Use your legs. When you bend down to pick up a heavy item, you bend your knees and raise yourself up using your legs. This prevents back strain. The same should be done when you exercise. Never use your back muscles to lift weights – always use your legs. This applies to any type of exercise involving weights, and even when carrying or putting them in place.  
  • Breathe properly. Your breath gives your body the strength it needs to perform exercises. By holding your breath or breathing irregularly during exercise, you’re making it more difficult for blood to flow, and thus to exercise easily. Not breathing properly – or, worse, holding your breath, specifically during weight training – puts extreme pressure on your heart, lungs and arteries.
  • Don’t exercise an injured body part. No matter how careful you are, you may sustain an injury while working out. Don’t exercise the part of your body that is injured until it is fully healed, as this could lead to more serious damage.  
  • Warm up, stretch and cool down. These are vital components of your workout routine. Always ensure that your muscles and joints are warm before you start exercising, by stretching for 10 – 15 minutes beforehand. Once you’re finished working out, slow your pace and cool down for 10 to 15 minutes. < Helps avoid injuries as well!!
Doing exercises correctly will help you: BURN FAT, REDUCE STRESS & IMPROVE HEALTH!!

As well as the right form, you need to make sure to always DRINK WATER to stay hydrated!!

Source: Virgin Active Health Club