How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Working Out
You finally have the motivation to work out and have started a daily fitness routine. However, you find that you want to see faster results; so you run for longer and do more reps. However, this may be doing more damage to your body and your motivation to work out then you may suspect.
When starting a new workout routine it is important to be patient. It is important to realize that weight loss and increased fitness goals are not reached in a short period of time.
If we push ourselves too much, we can sustain injuries and excessive muscle soreness that will discourage us from working out the next day. Therefore, by over exerting yourself, you may actually be delaying your progress in achieving your weight loss or fitness goals.
However, if you educate yourself before working out and learn the common mistakes that many people make when starting a new workout routine, you can ensure that your goals will be reached.
Starting Off Too Fast
If you have started a new workout routine or it has been a while since you have been at the gym, it is important to take baby steps. This is something that many people forget, as they decide to dive in head first. This is why so many people face injuries and extreme muscle soreness within the first couple of days of their new fitness routine.
As a result, many people go back to square one and having to wait a few weeks or even a month before they can start their fitness routine again. Therefore, it is important to be patient and to slowly build-up your workout plan. This also includes having one or two days out of the week to allow your body some rest and have recovery time. In this case, slow and steady does win the race.
Not Listening to Your Body
Many people think that it is normal to have aches and pain when working out or doing a fitness routine. And most of the time, a large majority of people decide to ignore and push through the pain.
Therefore, it is important to recognize the difference between soreness and actual pain. If you are feeling pain, it is better to rest instead of causing an injury that will put your fitness routine on hold.
Poor Structure and Form
Many people do not know the proper form and structure when running or lifting weight in the weight room. Without proper structure and form, people are more likely to get injuries and extreme muscle soreness.
For instance, when many people run, they make the mistake of landing heel first with their foot ahead of their body. This mistake usually leads into painful shin splints. To avoid this, make sure that your do not lunge forward with your feet.
Another, common mistake that many people encounter is not having proper structure and form when lifting weights; this can lead into a pulled muscle or even a muscle tear. For example, many people go through the weight lifting motions quickly, which results in pulled muscles. To avoid this mistake, it is important to follow through with the motion in a controlled fashion.
If you are new to different fitness techniques or exercises it may be a good idea to seek help from a professional that can show you safe and proper techniques.
Many injuries when working out occur because people have improper shoes. Having footwear, which is comfortable, fits snugly, and provides the right support, will help avoid injuries in the gym and working out.
Sticking to the Same Routine
If you are finding that your regular fitness routine is not showing the results that you are looking for, you may be facing a fitness plateau. This is because, by doing the same routine over and over again, your body is programmed to adapt to the movements which do not cause any changes in your body.
In addition, many people begin to get bored when doing the same fitness routine again and again, which will result in a reduction in motivation. Therefore, it is important to change it up every couple of weeks.
Stretching Before You Workout
Many people think that it is a good idea to stretch before beginning their fitness routine. However, when your muscles are cold you put yourself at risk of pulled or torn muscles. Therefore, it is a good idea to do pre-warm up exercises like jumping jacks and then go into stretching before you begin your workout routine.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.