When we focus on any form of training, there will be times when we need that extra motivation in a mental sense. But we have to remember that the foundation of any fitness routine is all about one simple thing: our form. When we have poor form, this will have an impact on our ability to do an exercise well, but also, it can mean a higher risk of injury, and it can also impact our training goals. What can we do to ensure that we maintain proper form, especially on our own, and use it as a foundation for any exercise regime?
Starting out with complex movements is always a recipe for disaster. With any movement or routine, we’ve got to master the basic foundations with the correct form. When it comes to any move, the technique is vital. Whether you are trying to master a technique to jump higher, run faster, or lift a barbell, it’s always about those simple foundations. You need to pay attention to where your muscles are engaged every step of the way. There are always little guides, especially with regards to movement. For example, when performing a squat, you can conduct little checks to ensure that your feet are parallel, what part of the body begins the movement (which is the hips), and how each part of the vertebrae builds up. As obvious as it sounds, we’ve got to start with the simple things. Because we can get intimidated, and think that we need to lift heavier, run faster, and do these things right away to catch up, the real solution is all about mastering the basics. This is what will give you the foundation.
Video Yourself Working Out
Checking your phone in the gym is a definite no-no, apart from using it to improve your posture! It can be very strange watching yourself exercise, but it’s a crucial part of improving the weak points. Watching yourself exercise, either by videoing yourself or standing in front of a full-length mirror, gives you the opportunity to go through the range of motion, checking every little component. The great thing now, especially with social media forums, is that you can always ask other people to check your form by uploading a video online.
Avoid Feeling Pain
Yes, they say “no pain, no gain” but this can be very dangerous. It’s about knowing the right sort of pain. You can have Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or a bit of a comfortable strain after a workout, but when you experience extreme discomfort, this is when you are exerting improper form. And by exercising with this sort of pain, you could cause a lot of damage. The temptation is to push through this sort of pain, but it is all about understanding the different sorts of pain. And this is something that you need to tell yourself. If you feel a sense of difficulty, you have got to remember the long term consequences. “No pain, no gain” is correct, but massive strain and discomfort is a different thing entirely.
Remember The Importance Of Recovery (Mentally And Physically)
In this world of 24/7 gyms, we can feel the temptation to keep pushing, but it’s about learning how to walk before you can run. If we go out of the gate at 110%, especially with poor form, we end up stopping or causing ourselves injuries. This means that you spend a lot more time recuperating rather than recovering healthily. Recovery is a very important part of working out. You need to give your body time to adjust, and you need to remember how recovering from any sort of workout, either through adequate nutrition or physical recuperation, gives you the ability to get stronger. We live in an age where we have to keep going, and this is not a good way to get into the mindset of recovering. Recovering isn’t just about the physical components; it’s also about recovering mentally. When looking at your form, you may have an off day, and think that you did something wrong. Having that time away from the situation gives you the opportunity to recuperate, but also to practice your form. When you go back to working out, you will be able to do it much better.
We have to remember the importance of form in any sort of exercise regime. As we embark on a new workout routine, or we have a goal in place, the temptation can be to do too much, too quickly. And this is where form provides a foundation, but it becomes the drawing board that we go back to, especially as we get stronger.