Many people make the mistake of using weights that are too heavy, which leads to poor form. That, in turn, can cause injury. “It’s much more important to use the correct technique than it is to lift heavy weights,” says Roberts. “Ultimately, if you don’t have the form down right, you’re going to get hurt.” Perfect your moves with lighter weights before upgrading to heavier ones.
You’ve probably heard not to push your knees past your toes when squatting or doing similar exercise. But Roberts also suggests this glute exercise to further protect against injury: Put a snug-fitting elastic ban for about a second before returning to standing. Repeat 10 times.
When you’re working out, you’re actually creating small tears in your muscles -- and they need time to rebuild before they can become stronger. If you exercise every day and never give yourself a break, your body won’t have a chance to fully repair itself. Take days off between strength-training sessions to let your body recuperate and to avoid injury.
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