Ever wondered where you are going wrong with your exercise routine? Are experts here at McSport have compiled a list of the 7 Most Common Mistakes people make when working out.
1). Overdoing it
Committing yourself to too much activity can result in pulled muscles and weight room accidents. To ensure you’re not overdoing it. Always listen to your body; you should always aspire for gradual over rapid improvement.
2). Not warming up
Warm-up routine is essential when preparing your body for a workout. Go through a full range of motion for every muscle group both before and after exercising. This will give your body the best chance for good health during the workout and good feeling after it.
3). Not drinking enough water
Becoming dehydrated is a major problem, especially those engaging in particularly intense workouts. As we sweat, our body discards toxins and cools itself through sweat. If we fail to replenish our body’s water (and remember, human bodies are over 50 percent water!), we risk lethargy, thirst, light-headedness, and accidents.
4). Not varying your routine
When regularly going to the gym, it’s easy for people to get in a groove. Forgetting to vary the routine, however, can prevent you from getting the full benefit of a balanced workout (cardio, strength, etc.) as well as creating oddly over- and under-built body regions.
5). Having unreasonable expectations
Nothing proves to be a better demotivator than starting a routine with unreasonable expectations. While exercise goals are encouraged, good health is a long-term, continual process. If you head into the gym assuming you’ll be able to lose 10 pounds in a week, you’ll push yourself too hard and burn out fast. Develop goals that are reasonable, achievable, and long-lasting.
6). Not eating enough
People who exercise in order to lose weight may find it counterintuitive, but fasting before a workout can actually lead to a weight gain – low blood sugar makes you feel sluggish, which can lead to a less intense, shorter session.
7). Sitting between sets
While you should (as we noted above) listen to your body, you also need to maintain an elevated heart-rate during a workout in order to burn calories and attack fat. It’s very tempting to take a few moments of rest between reps, but in general, you should limit “down time” as much as possible. (NOTE: If you feel lightheaded or unbalanced, however, stop whatever you’re doing immediately.)