Exercising daily is one of the best things you can do for your health and leads to strong muscles and bones, improved cardiovascular health, and much more. But performing exercises incorrectly can lead to injury, and doing the wrong exercises can lead to no improvements.
Making mistakes in your workouts can occur for even top-level athletes. Knowing these mistakes and how to avoid them will ensure you get the most out of your workouts.
- Doing the Same Workout Every Day
Did you know that repetitive workout means using the same muscles and joints and neglecting others? This can result in repetitive strain injury making your workouts far less effective. Switch your workouts to avoid overworking muscles and joints, allowing them to rest and recover.
Repetitive routines can also lead to weight loss plateau because your body adapts to the daily workload. Your body needs to be challenged continuously. Adjust repetitions, sets, and rest periods and work all your muscle groups to get the maximum benefits.
- Having an Imbalanced Workout Program
Some cannot reap the rewards of their exercise sessions because their fitness program does not include a balance of cardio training, strength training, and flexibility exercises. Excluding one or two elements will cause an unbalanced workout program.
When designing your fitness program, make sure to include aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercise to ensure it is complete, safe, and effective. Perform at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Schedule 2-3 days of strength training. Always remember to include time for warming up and stretching as part of your workout.
- "Eating It All Back" After exercise
Exercise has another effect: it can cause you to get hungry as your metabolism increases. Consuming foods high in calories after exercise results in replacing all of the calories you burned, which reverses calorie deficit and potential weight loss.
So before starting or changing your workout program, it is useful to know your daily caloric expenditure, which can easily be calculated.
- Relying Too Much on Supplements
Your dependence on post-workout diet supplements might not be helping you. Today, there are thousands of products available to us, but sadly, many are ineffective and expensive. Also, some heavily rely on supplements to forget about whole real food, putting their health at risk.
Instead of investing in supplements, pay a visit to an accredited sports nutritionist or registered dietitian. They will assist and advise on how to get the right kind and number of calories needed to recover adequately from a workout.
- Failing to Rest and Recover
To achieve a stronger, faster, healthier, and fitter body, you have to work harder. But sufficient rest and recovery are equally as important. Allowing the body to rest and recover fully when the workout is over can speed up healing, improve fitness, and prepare the body for its next workout. Never skip stretches after exercising, and consider hot and cold therapy to promote recovery and flexibility of the joints and muscles.
Avoiding these common mistakes will no doubt lead to improved results from your workouts. However, We recommend you consult with a personal trainer or physician to get a clear understanding of your limitations and what would work best for you.