“One must learn to walk before they can run.” ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
The study of human movement (also known as kinesiology) centers around the fact that the human body performs 5 basic movement patterns: pushing, pulling, bending, rotating, and single-leg movements. During everyday activities and exercise, we use these movement patterns in a variety of combinations, creating thousands of opportunities to perform these motions improperly. Most issues stem from poor posture and improper body alignment.
So why is proper form so important and how do we align the body?
The most important reason to maintain proper form during exercise is injury prevention. In addition, proper form is the best way to get the most out of your time and your body. When we align the body properly, we optimize its power and its strength. Therefore, we work less and achieve more (= increased efficiency).
To align the body properly, start with your posture. Stand tall, pull your shoulder blades together, and stick your chest out. By doing this, you will align the body so that your ears are over your shoulders and your shoulders are over your hips. To ensure proper alignment of the lower body, stand with your feet hip-width apart, maintain a slight bend in your knees, and brace your core by drawing your belly button in towards your backbone.
Here are 5 tips to help you complete your exercises correctly:
By: Olivia Legge, BS, ACE-CPT/GFI, Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer/Group X Instructor at Vally Health Wellness & Fitness Center
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