Exercise is incredibly beneficial for your physical and your mental health. It can lower your blood pressure, help you to maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and increase your lifespan. And there are countless studies that have found these benefits.
But while exercise may have myriad health benefits, it could also lead to injuries. According to physical therapists, people are putting their health at risk by performing exercises incorrectly or by attempting to do exercises that they don’t have enough mobility to perform.
When an exercise is not performed with proper form or if you don’t have the right level of mobility to perform it, it can result in injuries, and this is true of all exercises. But there are a few exercises, which when performed incorrectly, are more likely to result in an injury.
- Kettlebell Swing
Kettlebell swings are one of the best strength and conditioning exercises you can do. However, if you are going to perform them, you need to have perfect technique. Unfortunately, many people think that this exercise is driven by the arms, but it is really powered from the lower body, especially your posterior chain.
When performed incorrectly, you could damage your shoulders, specifically, your rotator cuff. Make sure you learn the right way to perform a kettlebell swing, before you attempt to perform the exercise.
Squats are a great all-over body exercise, but if you do them incorrectly, you can get injured. This is particularly true when it comes to overhead squats. Most people do not have the joint mobility in their lower body to properly get into the squat. When you add in in an overhead motion, it puts strain on your shoulder, cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions.
If your back arches a lot or you see that your knees have gone past your toes or if your form is not correct in any way, then stop doing the exercise.
Deadlifts are another excellent, all-over body workout. However, if you don’t properly perform this exercise, you could injure your back. Often, people will round their back as they pick up or put down the bar. This can result in a muscle spasm or a lumbar disc injury. Make sure that you have proper form when performing this exercise.
Always make sure that you research the proper technique for any exercise you attempt to try. This will prevent injury.