Top 9 Mistakes People Make When Working Out You Should Know About
Exercise is great, but there are techniques that should be used in order to reap all the rewards for your time invested, but more so, to protect you from injury. Here at The Lazy Days, we aim to entertain our viewers, for the most part. Sometimes, we like to share important information because we value our viewers and readers.
Good form is key.
Check this out and learn a few things.
1. Bench Press
Two common mistakes demonstrated above improper range of motion and the raising of the hips. For proper form, lower the bar all the way down until upper arm is parallel to the ground. Ensure your hips and back on the bench.
Totally incorrect form, AND incredibly dangerous. Performing a squat with your knees pointing inward puts your knees at massive risk for injury.
Just as the squat, if your knees cave in while performing any kind of lunge, it can lead to injury. Keep your knees in line with your toes.
To perform the deadlift correctly, you must keep a straight back and prevent your spine from curving. Contract your lateral muscles and pull your shoulder blades back, making sure that your chest is up throughout the duration of the exercise.
5. Overhead Press
Excellent exercise to build muscle in your shoulders. But, done incorrectly, you’re going to lose its benefits. You don’t want to add momentum to the lift with your legs like this. That’s a different exercise called the push press. The overhead press is much more effective, if keep your back straight and your legs locked. Move in a slow and controlled motion when pressing the bar overhead.
6. Bicep Curls
A common mistake while doing bicep curls is swinging the weights up and leaning back. Instead, move in a slow and controlled motion, keeping your elbows in the same place while bringing the weight up and down.
People too weak to perform pull-ups are using their legs to gain momentum to counteract their body weight. Keep your legs out of it. Leave them hanging there and pull yourself up with your arm and back strength. It’s tough to master, but it’s a great exercise.
When you perform pushups, always keep your back in line with your legs. Arching of back does very little in terms of muscle stimulation.
9. Lateral Raises
This is a tough exercise that builds shoulder muscle, but a lot of people do it wrong. They use a ton of momentum and swing their arms out, thinking that this is the correct way to perform the exercise. NOPE. Move in a slow and controlled motion, leading with your elbows until you have raised the weights up to about shoulder height. After that, lower them back down slowly and repeat.
The key to almost any exercise is to make sure you are doing things slowly and with great control. Also, know your body — if you know you can’t lift a certain amount of weight, then you should start with a lower weight and slowly build up to a realistic target. These tips will do you a world of good in the long run!