Matters of Form
Simply motivating to workout can sometimes feel like a major achievement — yet all of that dedication and hard work can easily be derailed if you're not exercising correctly. Without learning proper form for even simple exercises, you run the risk of injury — forcing you to postpone your fitness goals while you recover. Even if you manage to avoid a debilitating and painful injury, bad form can also keep you from getting the full benefit of your workout and working the muscles you're aiming to target. While it's easy to assume you're doing your exercises correctly, especially if you've been doing them for years or picked them from a class, we often don't realize we're making minor errors that can be easily adjusted.
"Most people are desk workers and have postural distortions because of it. Rounded shoulders, forward head posture, tight hips, ankle weakness, and inactive glutes," says Kelly Michaels Giordano, a certified personal trainer with over 22 years in the fitness industry. "Having the body in correct alignment, in my opinion, can help eliminate the 'problems or incorrect movement' that we see as professionals." The following are some common mistakes we've all made and how to fix them.