Working on our exercise form is a process that takes months, years, or maybe even a lifetime. One of the keys to getting better form is to get stronger every day, because a lot of bad form stems from weak muscles. In order to avoid bad form, I modified my exercises a lot until I got strong enough to do them properly.
I'm posting about #lunges today because last week I was at the gym and saw someone doing walking lunges on their toes. Being a person with a knee injury, I told her in the nicest way possible about keeping her weight in her heel, and she commented to me that her knees hurt a lot after working out! So I'm sharing this post in the hopes to help a few more people avoid knee pain too! Here are some things to look out for.
SAVE THE LEAN FOR YOUR CUISINE
Be sure when doing this not to put the weight in the front of your foot or lean forward. I know that especially if you're doing walking lunges, it seems counterintuitive because you want to move forward! But putting weight in the toe will create more pressure on the knee. Ideally you would be able to wiggle your toes, which is a good indicator that your weight isn't predominantly there.
ELEVATOR, NOT ESCALATOR
Be sure to be pushing up evenly with the foot, keeping the body upright, not leaning forward (think elevator, not escalator)! Also don't let your knee buckle inwards or bend outwards.
ALWAYS IMPROVING UPON MY FORM TOO
Remember how I mentioned that form is a process and we are constantly getting better? Something I noticed about my form here is that my shoulders are slightly forward, even in the "better form" image. This is also why I like taking pictures or watching myself in the mirror, because sometimes it's the only way we can critique our own form and get better! Nobody is perfect or has perfect form, but we can all get stronger together! I'm so glad that we are all on this journey together of getting #strongereveryday , and I'm so thankful to have y'all here to encourage and help me grow too. Hope these tips help you all, and happy lunging! #caligirlgetsform #strongereveryday #lungeform #exercisetips