Fitness is hard. Physically and mentally hard. It requires time, dedication and realizing it’s about practice. You won’t be good at it from day one. The fact is nothing in life comes on a silver plater. You have to practice to get good at anything. You also have to put heart into it and commit your mind to fitness. Often exercisers, especially those beginning to exercise for the first time, make mistakes that prevent them from getting the most out of their workouts. This leads to not achieving the results they want and giving up on fitness altogether. Fitness is for life and giving up shouldn’t be an option. Take control of your relationship with fitness and meet your goals by avoiding these 5 common beginner fitness mistakes.
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Doing The Same Strength Routine
You can’t perform the same exercise over and over again and expect results. Muscles have memory. When we do something the same way over and over again, they quickly adapt. Your mind also plays a role in this. When you get used to doing something, it’s only natural to zone out and not pay attention to what you’re doing. This is when form is compensated. Keep your mind and body guessing by switching things up every 6-8 weeks. Vary the frequency (number of reps), intensity (weight) or time (endurance) of your workouts. This will get you the best long-term results.
Ignoring Weights, Being A Cardio Junkie
Weight training fires up metabolism. While you may burn more calories in a given cardio session, weight training raises your metabolism for an extended period of time. This can lead to a higher overall calorie burn. That’s key for fat burn and weight loss. Women are most guilty of avoiding the weight room because they think it will result in bulking up, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Women don’t have the testosterone levels in their bodies to bulk up like a man. Strength training is also key to protecting bones. Weights are your friend ladies. Not the enemy. You will get more results hitting weights than planting yourself on the elliptical for hours.
Not Discovering Fitness You Love
Fitness is for life. When you look at it that way, then it forces you to find something you enjoy. If you don’t love the workout you’re doing, then chances are very low you’ll stick with it long-term. Find something you love doing. There are many fitness options available now. Try every workout you can until you discover one you love. Don’t be discouraged. Not every workout is for everyone.
Making Excuses Not To Workout
One of the top excuses for skipping a workout is “I’m too busy.” The hard truth is if working out is important to you, you will find time to do it & make it a priority as you do with anything in life. Schedule exercise like any appointment or meeting. This will force you to commit to a time to make it happen. Another popular excuse is “I’m too tired.” Fake yourself out of that excuse by telling yourself you will do a shorter workout. Since exercise re-energizes you, chances are you will go longer than you planned. Take a walk before or after work. Anything is always better than nothing. Even if it’s only a few minutes, that still counts as a workout. The key is to be active. No one’s counting if it’s 10, 30 or 90 minutes.
Using Workouts As A License To Binge
Just because you workout doesn’t mean eating anything and everything you want. Eating habits will catch up to you over time and prevent you from meeting your goals. Whether your goal is to lose weight, maintain your current weight or just be healthier, think of working out as an accessory to that goal. It’s not the dress. Eating is the dress. Build in rewards for meeting milestones leading you to your goal. You will feel more rewarded and less deprived.