Everyone has a fitness goal they strive towards. If you are reading this, you’re probably putting in the effort at the gym to achieve those goals. It’s frustrating when you put in effort working out, and you don’t see results. It can cause even the most determined person to give up. What’s worse? You might hurt yourself in the process. If this is you, then you are probably making one of the biggest fitness mistakes out there.
The following are some tell-tale signs that will help you know when you’re making one of these mistakes – fatigue, reduced productivity, quitting too early, not seeing results, etc.
In this article, we will list the biggest fitness mistakes you don’t want to make and the right things to do instead.
7 Biggest Fitness Mistakes you Might be Making.
1. Not having a fitness plan
Starting a fitness routine without a plan or clarity on your goals is a big mistake because you have nothing to motivate you. There is nothing to measure your progress against so you can’t tell when you are doing the right or wrong things.
It’s like you are running around in circles with no particular destination in mind. The good thing is, you can take a moment to draw up a fitness plan. To do that, think about your fitness goals and then talk to your gym instructor on how to achieve them.
2. Hydrating the wrong way
We all know the importance of hydrating ourselves while working out; that’s usually not an issue. The problem is – we often hydrate wrongly. Drinking energy drinks and soda is harmful to our health. They can increase our body sugar levels, and they don’t hydrate our muscles; rather, they only quench our thirst. Water is the best way to hydrate ourselves while working out.
3. Warming up the wrong way or not stretching at all
If your idea of warming up is doing static stretches, you might be sabotaging your productivity and putting yourself at the risk of getting injured. What you need to do before commencing your exercise is to perform simple stretches such as Piriformis Stretch, Triceps Stretch, and Frog Stretch, etc. This way, you stretch your muscles and get it ready for motion.
4. Not paying attention to your body’s alignment
It’s so easy to find yourself crunching into certain positions and just waiting to get it over with. This can happen if you are doing too much too soon. This way, you pay zero attention to your alignment during your workout. This can easily put a strain on your muscles and result in injury. You should learn the right body alignment for your routine and remember to breathe when you are doing them.
5. Prolonged High-Intensity Workout
High-intensity workout is so popular, everyone is now doing it. But it comes at a price if you do it daily. Before long, you will start experiencing fatigue, and you might also have difficulty carrying out your other daily activities. It’s important to pace yourself and increase intensity as time goes by.
Another mistake is doing too little. You need to work your muscles. Don’t be satisfied doing the barest minimum exercises. Speak to a trainer about finding a balance that you can stick to long term.
6. Not paying attention to your body
Always listen to what your body is saying. Maybe your routine isn’t right for you. Maybe your body is asking for more energy, more water, or rest.
Not listening to your body can cause you to quit early.
7. Eating the wrong foods
This is the reason for fatigue and lack of results for a lot of people. You need to be consuming the right amount of healthy calories, or else you will never reach your fitness goal. Your energy bars might be a problem.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet will provide the energy you need for your workout, and your skin will thank you for it.
Even if you are making any of these fitness mistakes, now is a good time to correct them. Do the right thing even when your gym instructor isn’t watching and you will find yourself reaching your fitness goals more quickly.
Elijah Adah is the founder and CEO of Rextic Media, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps small businesses grow and increase revenue and profit. He is a full-stack web developer by day and by night, a writer. He writes on tech, business, startups, marketing, travels & pretty much any topic that catches his fancy. He is also an Otaku (Japanese anime addict) while not coding or writing.