While there is enough noise about a good warmup before exercise not much is spoken about good form. Bad posture not only causes back and neck pain, but if it turns into a habit it can lead to lifelong functionality issues.
Before we launch into good form, we need to understand that everyone has a unique body shape with a weak point that they need to be aware of. Some have weak knees, some weak ankles, etc. The rule of thumb is to listen to your body, pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right.
It is recommended to work under the guidance of a trained professional or doctor if you have medical conditions. A good warmup is recommended before any exercise as it stretches the muscles and reduces the risk of injury.
While every exercise has a correct way and wrong way, the central idea is to get the muscles to work as opposed to how many reps you do.
Here are a few pointers to look out for when aiming for good form:
The number one rule for good exercise form is to strengthen your core. Without a strong core you tend to injure your back.
Don’t ever push or pull a weight behind your head or over your head as this can lead to neck and back injuries.
When doing Ab exercises make sure not to pull on your neck, don’t use momentum, and as soon as you start feeling the tightness in your hip flexors or back, stop.
When doing back squats try to keep your neck straight and your eyes looking forward, as if you have an apple between your neck and chin. Many people tend to lift their chin and look up at the ceiling, this closes the neural transmission along your spine and blocking communication with your muscles.
When jumping never land on your heel or the ball of your foot. You should aim to land softly on the mid-foot, and then roll forward to push off the ball of the foot.
We hope these basic pointers will help you get more from your workout.