Exercising on a regular basis is one of the best things that you can do for your health. However, if you are not performing the exercises correctly, then you most likely will not reap all of the benefits. Below are five of the exercises that people commonly perform wrong:
Lunges are great for toning the muscles in the buttocks and legs. Many people place a lot of strain on their knees when they perform this exercise because they do not step back or forward enough. When you perform this exercise, you want to make sure that you make your step large enough so that your knee will be placed over your ankle when you are in the end position. Your lower and upper legs should form right angles. Additionally, your upper body should be kept still during this exercise.
As the name of this exercise suggests, bicep curls are intended to work the biceps. However,many people are working their shoulders when they perform this exercise. First and foremost, you want to pick a weight that is not too heavy for you to lift. Some people perform this exercise incorrectly because they cannot control the weight. You will need to keep your elbow still as you curl the weight up and squeeze when you get to the top.
This is one of the most commonly performed exercises, and it is also an exercise that millions of people perform wrong. If this exercise is performed incorrectly, then you can possibly end up straining your neck. You want to make sure that you lift your entire back off the floor when you are performing this exercise.
Squats are one of the best exercises for toning the muscles in your lower body, but this exercise can actually be dangerous if it is not performed the correct way. You can very easily injure your knees or lower back. One of the keys to performing the squat the right way is to maintain the correct posture. You should keep your butt pushed out and your chest high. Additionally, it may help to imagine that you are sitting down in an invisible chair when you are performing a squat.
Lat Pull Downs
When this exercise is performed the right way, it can work the entire back as well as the shoulders and the arm. Many people slouch, pull the bar down too low or roll their shoulders when they perform this exercise. You will want to sit up tall and pull the bar down to the top of your chest or chin.
By perfecting these 5 exercises you will notice and increase in results whilst also lowering your chances of sustaining an injury. If you are working out frequently, be sure to eat a proper diet and take supplements where necessary in order to maximise your results.
John is a personal trainer from Auckland, New Zealand. When he’s not in the gym he enjoys cooking with fresh organic produce and blogging about health and fitness topics.
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