Strength training is an important part of overall health and wellness. Strong muscles support the spine and joints so the excess pressure isn’t an issue. Also, muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, so strength training is a great way to stoke the fire in your metabolism. And strength training also makes you feel good. It helps you improve your range of motion, your stamina, your physical capabilities, and your mental confidence. That’s a lot of positives, right? But one of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to strength training is how to do it right. Here are some tips to keep you on track and feeling the burn!
Breathing is Key
If you tend to hold your breath while strength training, you could be doing harm to your body. It is generally best to exhale when exerting yourself, then inhale when at rest. Dizziness is a common occurrence in gym-goers who hold their breath, and this is obviously dangerous. So focus on regular breaths. It will keep your hard working cells pumped with oxygenated blood, and it will keep your brain on task.
Set a Consistent Tempo
Getting into a rhythm when lifting, helps you recognize when you have reached your limit. If you go too fast, it is your continuous momentum that is lifting the weights, as opposed to your muscles. Go too slow without squeezing the muscle, and you won’t feel fatigued or see results. So find a moderate tempo (and weight) in which you feel burn but can safely make it through your reps.
Form, Form, Form
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when strength training is form. Form is key to safety, and it is key to getting results. If you use poor form, your risk of injury/strain jumps dramatically. The best option here is to consult with a professional if you are unsure about how to perform a certain exercise. Your chiropractor can be a great resource, and give you tips relevant to your specific needs. It is easy to step into the gym and want to tackle your routine alone. Obviously, many of us are there because we are embarrassed about our weight and want to do something quick. That being said, being able to accept help from others when it comes to form, will keep you happy and healthy at the gym.
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