Strength training

FORM AND POSTURE Using good form and posture during resistance training will increase your benefits from the exercise while decreasing your risk of injury.   Resistance training is highly beneficial for physical health: if you are spending the time and effort training, you should do it right and get the most out of it.

FORM: Use a smooth and continuous lifting technique. It is important to feel the muscles you are working and not feel strain in other muscles. Do not lock your joints (knees and elbows): keep these joints soft while maintaining good posture. Do not continue with an exercise if you cannot maintain proper form and control.

POSTURE: Maintain a neutral spinal alignment. Stand or sit tall, activate your core muscles (suck in your belly button) and avoid arching, hunching or twisting your body.

Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. Discontinue an exercise if you feel any pain or discomfort.

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Fitness Tips as published weekly in the PG Xpress Fit for lifecolumn

M. Gregor, B.A.

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