Common Exercise Mistakes People Make
Many of us try our hand at becoming fit and healthy, and unfortunately fall at the first hurdle. We try to make changes to our diet far too rapidly and then end up binging on chocolate at midnight after a week of salad; or perhaps we set unrealistic goals for the first month and give up when we don’t see the results we want.
The most common mistake we make when trying to get fit is exercising the wrong way. We push our bodies far too quickly until they are unable to cope with what we are doing to them. We break under the pressure and end up calling for injury compensation along the way. If you have ever made a mistake while training, you’ll know how much it can set back your workout goals and cause you to give in. Here are the most common mistakes we all make when exercising, and what we should be doing instead:
Not Warming Up
The most common mistake by far that 99% of us have made at some point in our lives is skipping the warm up before working out. Our muscles need time to adjust to movement and be able to stretch out slowly before you start going all gung-ho with the cardio or weights. Think about your body the same way you would standing up too quickly after being asleep. If you jump out of bed in the morning, the likelihood is that your head will become fuzzy and you will feel a bit sick, which is why slowing rolling yourself out of bed when you are ready is the best way to go. The same applies to your muscles. If you suddenly stand up and start lifting a 20kg weight, your muscles are much more likely to tear and damage, whereas if you work your way up to it, your muscles have the time to adapt. Never skip the warm up.
Not Fuelling Your Muscles
You may think that the less you eat, the thinner you’ll get. And that is technically true, however it is not a healthy way to go about your fitness journey and stay healthy. When we workout, our muscles fill with blood, flex, contract and work hard. They will often become slightly damaged after a long workout which is why you feel aches and pains the next day. However, in order to help your muscles repair themselves quicker and let them grow back stronger, you need fuel yourself after you exercise. Protein is such a key building block for our bodies, and it is protein which repairs our muscles and joints after physical activity. If you want to build muscle and shred fat, you need to up your intake of protein as much as possible each day.
Training For Hours On End Each Day
Although your friend Tim might go to the gym 6 times a week for 3 hours and is built like a tank, that doesn’t mean you should do too. Exercising for too long and too frequently doesn’t give our body much time to recover between sessions, and as a result we can do some serious long-term harm to our bodies. You should not be doing high intensity exercises more than 3 times each week.
The best thing to do for your body is train and then have one day off, and then train again. If you still feel achy and sore after one day, leave it for two. It’s all about listening to your body and not overstretching yourself.
Not Getting Any Sleep
In the world we live in it might be laughable to think you could have 8-10 hours of solid sleep per night, but that is exactly what our body needs to function properly. Sleep is one of the most crucial processes our body undergoes, because it is where the body repairs any muscle damage, cleanses the body of toxins, and reinvigorates us ready for the following day. Neglecting our sleep can have many adverse effects on our health, but even more so when we are training.
Not Practising Proper Technique
You may have heard of the importance of form in exercising, and it really is the most crucial thing to bear in mind when you step into the gym. It’s not about the quantity of reps you do, it is about the quality. If you are doing sit ups but not tensing your abs, you won’t see results. You need to take that time to really work on your form and technique for each move you do, because it is then that you will see the results.