3 Most Common Fitness Mistakes
“Avoiding exercise is like wearing blinders”, I’ve been told many times. Some people are born with an ease-of-use-in-things-that-are-labor intensive; others come to the realization that life requires some form of exercise. Still others are forced to work around their inherent inability to exercise due to one of many reasons: they dread pain, they hate the environment, or they just do not want to exercise. The reality is that for many of us, we have made a series of bad decisions when it comes to our exercise routines. Whether you avoid exercise or embrace it with gusto, these mistakes will ultimately cost you time and money.
People who have poor workout routines tend to give up on reaching their goals faster than others. For example, I always make it a point to check on my weight loss progress in a matter of weeks. My first month of dieting was a disaster because I could not even walk from my apartment to the local gym without feeling like I was dragging myself. It was at this point that I decided to commit myself to eating healthy foods and including more exercise into my daily life. In spite of my best efforts, I gained back most of the weight I had lost and was never able to return to my original weight.
Another example is that many people skip leg lifts because they feel that they cannot perform them correctly. If that is true, then you need to invest in an exercise mat to increase the safety and effectiveness of your workout. By investing in the equipment, you will be taking yourself out of harm’s way. As a result, you can actually perform your exercise regimen without feeling any type of pain or discomfort.
One common reason why people quit their workouts is because they try to do too much at once
By forcing yourself to do multiple sets of repetitions on each exercise, you can’t properly execute them and therefore are unsuccessful. The secret to a solid workout is to exercise smart by breaking your workout into sets, doing a little bit of each of the set and then finishing up one set before moving on to the next.
Yet another mistake that I made when I was first starting out was that I did not warm up. When I first started working out, I didn’t realize that I needed to. However, I should have because warming up allows your muscles to receive the oxygen that they so desperately need before starting your work out. Without this important step, you are setting yourself up for a lot of injuries and pain.
One of the worst fitness mistakes that I made is that I tended to skip lifting weights. The last thing that I needed was to injure myself because I was lazy. If you want to get the most out of your routine, then you need to lift weights. You may have to purchase a dumbbell set for your home in order to be able to lift heavy objects, but if you don’t have access to a weight bench, a rack or a weight bench, then you should at the very least lift light weights to increase your overall muscle mass.
Also, I would often rush through my workout
For me, this meant skipping breakfast. For you, it might mean eating a couple of small meals throughout the day. Whatever you do, don’t leave your diet for the last minute. By leaving your diet for the last minute, you are allowing your body to wait to absorb all of the nutrients in your meal. This will lead to eating more calories and extra fat throughout the day.
All of these are the worst fitness mistakes that you should never make. Don’t let one of these ruin your routine. Make sure that you take the time to plan out your schedule and your days so that you are giving yourself the best chance possible. Also make sure that you warm up properly before lifting weights and you always lift with proper form. If you can do all of these things, you will find yourself getting the most out of your workout.