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Fitness Tip: Proper body alignment

Proper body alignment is important during exercise to reduce the risk of injury.

If you are experiencing any pain during your exercise routine, the first thing you can check is your body alignment.

Knees should be in front of your leg (and not out to the side) when cycling; toes should be forward when walking or running, pushing off from your big toe; do not allow knees to advance in front of toes when performing lunges or squats; watch and correct your form when lifting weights so that head is not pushed forward, elbows are not stuck out, and shoulders aren't hunched up when doing overhead work. Check and recheck often.

Bridget R. Sanders, PTA

The Memorial Hospital physical therapy department