How to Nail the Right Exercise Form
Several people erroneously assume that maintaining the correct form of exercise only helps them avoid getting accidentally injured. This is 100% true but that is just one benefit of having proper form when exercising!
Did you know that unless you do the exercise in the form it is supposed to be done in, you would not actually be getting the benefits you are supposed to be getting from it? Be it mountain climbers, push-ups, squats or lunges, unless you nail the right exercise form you will be missing out a lot in terms of what that specific move has to offer.
Before we can give you a few tips to help you in getting the right exercise form let us have a quick look at some of the benefits of proper form when exercising:
1: Preventing injury:
This one is a complete no-brainer. If you do not want to hurt your back, accidentally pull a muscle/nerve, dislocate a shoulder etc. while doing an exercise (especially during strength training where you have weights added into the equation too) you must focus on the form!
2: Get the Most Out of Your Workout:
Studies show that people who workout paying special attention to the form of their exercises also had better control of their breathing. Proper breathing while you are exercising can help you focus better on the exercise you are doing, help you “push” yourself and overall do a better workout.
3: Target Your Muscles Effectively:
Unless you don’t do the exercise in its correct form, the muscles that that exercise needs to target won’t be targeted! For example, squats are supposed to help strengthen the glutes, making the butt look firmer too. Unless you squat properly the glutes will not be targeted the way they are supposed to!
The squats you do won’t be that effective in doing their job.
These are just some of the major benefits of proper form when exercising, for there are several more. The basic idea is to let you know that if you want to get the most out of all the time you are putting in, in working out, maintaining proper exercise from can make a world of a difference.
Now let’s talk about how you can nail the right exercise form. There are several things you can do regarding this. If you work out at a gym, get in touch with a fitness trainer and have him monitor your form as your workout. He can correct any mistakes he spots.
If you can’t afford a fitness trainer, there is still a lot that you can do to help yourself in getting the form correct. There are only like a billion YouTube videos demonstrating how an exercise needs to be done. What’s really awesome about the tutorials is that they even break it down according to your fitness level. For example, if you are just a beginner at pushups, they will show you how to do a “beginner level push up” with your knees on the floor!
This is really helpful and really encouraging for people who are just starting with working out.
Other than videos, websites like Pinterest even have pictorial representations of various exercises. They break each move into its basic steps and present it to you in a pictorial form so that it becomes easier for you to follow!