Your connective tissue include your joints, ligaments and tendons. Now the biggest issue with connective tissue is that once you damage it it takes an extremely long amount of time to heal because it has a very poor blood supply.
On the other hand, because your muscles have such a rich blood supply a minor injury can heal relatively quickly.
So in this article we are going to go over some strategies that will make it a lot easier for you to avoid any type of injury when you’re doing those lower body workouts to tone up your legs.
And let’s face it, you are going to have to do high intensity workouts with your lower body if you want to get toned and lean legs. You’ll have to do a lot of leg exercises that really challenge you.
So here is a quick guide to preserving your connective tissue when doing all your leg workouts:
– Avoid leaning forward when doing squatting movements. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to lean forward excessively when you’re doing any type of squatting movement. This will damage the discs in your lower back and create a wide range of other issues.
– Keep pressure on your heels when doing squats and lunges. Squats and lunges are extremely important exercises that will help you tone up your lower body while burning a large amount of calories. Just remember to always keep pressure on your heels so that your lower back is stable and so that you remain aligned. One of the most common mistakes a lot of women make here is to let weight shift to the balls of their feet.
– Try to avoid sitting down for extremely long amounts of time. The seated position makes your hamstrings and your entire posterior chain get extremely tight. This in turn will alter your biomechanics when you are doing complex movements which is not good. You want your body to be as aligned as possible and you also do not want those tight hamstrings pulling on your lower back.
– Don’t let your knees knock in or knock out. Whenever you are doing exercises for your lower body your legs should not bow inwards or outwards. You want to maintain a neutral position as best as possible.
– Avoid doing the same exercises over and over again. Doing the same exercises week in and week out is going to cause a lot of micro-damage because the exact same tissues are going to be exercised over and over again from the exact same angles. You need to switch the angles from which you are exercising your body so that you do not suffer from a micro-injury.
As an added bonus, doing different types of exercises from different angles will prevent any type of plateau from ruining your results.
So if you plan to do a lot of leg exercises and a lot of lower body workouts I do recommend you protect your connective tissue so you can extend your exercise warranty.
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