Yesterday was far too lazy to be a Monday. Brad stayed home sick from work and I must have had sympathy lazies. I also felt the need to lay on the couch, take a nap, and watch a few too many episodes of last season’s True Blood. Oops! We did get the laundry done yesterday so we came out a bit ahead.
I also made Brad brunch when he finally got out of bed. Brunch on a Monday is pretty darn awesome.
Before the Monday brunching took place I had my regular Monday doctor appointment. I felt like I had a bit of a setback last week. My knee and hip were in more pain than I had been in quite a few weeks. I over did it a bit on last week’s fitness with seven straight days of workout out (and twice last Friday). My thoughts were that everything was hurting from overuse.
However, I realized during the workout part of yesterday’s appointment that I’m starting to let form suffer a bit. Every week for at least a month I’ve been graduating to harder and harder exercises. Now most of my moves are weighted and the weight has been increasing too. While focusing on the weight I seem to have lost some of the basic body positioning (form) rules that are vital to my injury recovery.
So yesterday for the first time, I didn’t step up to harder exercises or more weight. I had to re-do some exercises while concentrating on form. Yesterday’s appointment was a very important reminder.
Form is the MOST important factor in working out. There is no reason to be increasing weight or adding new moves if you are sacrificing form. Bad form is just begging for injuries.
My physical therapy homework for this week is getting back to basics.
As my reward, next week I get to work on running. My doctor is going to video tape me on the treadmill.
How do you keep good form? Any resources you use to research correct form?