Using Proper Form When Working Out
First of all, we want to give you props on starting your weight loss plan. It’s no easy feat to get it started, and it’s even harder to keep it going. Staying dedicated and consistent are some of the biggest hurdles for people to overcome. While working out and eating well are all great, it’s important to make sure that you’re working out well. One of the most important aspects of working out correctly is proper form. Here’s why.
You Want Results
Machines and exercises serve specific purposes. Making sure that you have the right form ensures that you are targeting the right muscles. Without the proper form, you could be working out the wrong muscles. This is a waste of time and energy, as you won’t be able to get the results you seek.
Using improper form is one of the easiest ways to injure yourself. Lifting heavy weights the wrong way can lead to torn muscles, slipped discs, and other severe injuries. Oftentimes, the injuries from using improper form require surgery.
You Need to Create Good Habits
Muscle memory is a very real thing, especially when it comes to exercise. It is of the utmost importance that you use the right form with every single rep so that you can teach your body the movements it needs to make in order to continue working out well.
Believe it or not, you make it much harder on yourself than it needs to be when you use improper form. Using the wrong form wastes energy that you could be using on exercises that actually work, rather than using it to over correct what you’re doing wrong.
It Feels Better
Hard work and exercise tend to have a painful edge to them, but when something is full-on painful there’s something wrong. If you’re working on an exercise and it starts to actually hurt (not just the burn from working hard), you should stop immediately to avoid injury. When you’re using proper form, it will feel much better than if you weren’t.
It’s More Beneficial
Using the proper form will actually give you what you’re looking for. Yes, the next day you will be sore, but you won’t be hurt. Your soreness is just your muscles building and you should embrace it by going to workout again and get all that lactic acid out.
It Allows You To Push Yourself
If getting in shape is important to you, then you know you really have to push yourself to get the best results. When using the proper form with every rep, you give yourself the opportunity to challenge yourself by adding weight or extra reps. However, you need to push yourself, do so, but make sure your form is right first.
If you’re not sure what the proper form for any exercise or workout is, you need to hire a personal trainer. Our fitness trainers here at Midtown Trainers are ready to take on your fitness needs and goals. We’ll help teach you what you need to know to have a successful weight loss plan. Get signed up with our fitness training program today!
In our last blog we spoke of things you should be doing outside of the gym, to make your time inside the gym that much more effective. And while stretching and proper nutrition may seem like a given to those who are working with a personal trainer, to others just starting out, it might not be that obvious.
Now that you’re doing one of the best things you could do for yourself why not go all out? Put in the same efforts at home as you do at the gym, and make healthy choices. Here are some more tips to help you with your weight loss program and fitness training.
- Make good choices – Eating out is inevitable. Whether you’ve run out of time to plan a healthy meal, or you have an occasion to meet, going to a restaurant is bound to happen. But this doesn’t have to be the end of your weight loss program. When at restaurant we recommend sitting near a well lit table, preferably by a window. Statistics show that 80 % of people that sit in dark corners will order dessert, and 82% percent of those in well lit areas will order a salad.
- Drink Water! – Drinking enough water in a day has weight loss benefits in itself. Not only are you helping your organs to function properly, but you’re working to get much needed toxins out of your body. Not only that, water is necessary! Staying hydrated plays an integral part in staying happy and healthy.
Keeping up with everything that you need to do to be happy and healthy can be hard. But the most worthwhile things in life always are, but in the end it’s all more than worth it.