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Why is it important to maintain good posture while resistance training?

Maintaining good posture during resistance training is important because it helps ensure that the muscles of the body are at the most ideal length to generate maximum force.  If your muscles are able to generate higher amounts of force, it will allow you to exercise more intensely, leading to greater stimulus to the muscles. This is great if you are trying to build muscle or increase strength.  In addition, good posture helps burn a higher number of calories  during and after activity which is beneficial if your goal is to get leaner, tone-up, or lose weight.  Also, maintaining good posture ensures that the joints of the body are in the most ideal position to accept forces.  Performing resistance exercise when our joints are not in proper alignment can lead to increased stress and wear and tear to the joints and other surrounding tissues that can lead to injury.

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