Top 5 Workout Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making
Get a more effective workout and faster results by ensuring you aren’t falling into these bad habits.
Over 85% of people are making at least one of these mistakes which can result in injury or undesired results!
Here are the top 5 workout mistakes you want to make sure to avoid:
Not Warming Up & Cooling Down
You are working out- that’s great! But are you warming up and cooling down? Up to 85% of people who exercise alone are failing to warm up and cool down before and after the workout. While being one of the most important elements to a workout regimen, it also one of the most forgotten. Cold muscles just don’t react the same way to exercise and can lead to injury, so spend a few minutes to warm up before you exercise. After your workout, stretching your muscles helps them repair faster, so you can build strength, minimize muscle soreness and look forward to your next workout.
Proper form is essential for most exercises. Done incorrectly, virtually any exercise can lead to injury. At best, you’ll end up with inferior results. So, make sure you get some guidance on how to perform each exercise correctly. The better your form is, the more effective your workout will be, and the faster you’ll see results. There’s also a common misconception that heavier is better, but that’s not always so. If you’re breaking form, you may be lifting too heavy. Start with a lower weight and increase it as you notice your body can handle more. Proper form and weight also help prevent injuries.
Not Planning Ahead
There’s no doubt that you feel great after one killer workout, but unfortunately, that one workout won’t change your body or improve your health. Schedule your workouts like appointments, and make them a top priority in your calendar. Consistency is key. Honor the commitments you make to yourself. If you decide to workout on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, schedule it in your calendar and get it done. Read our ways to combat your excuses next time you’re feeling drained, tired, sore or lazy.
Feed Your Growth
After you put your muscles through a particularly grueling workout, they need protein to rebuild. Plan your post-workout meal accordingly, and make sure it includes enough protein to support muscle recovery. One option is to drink a healthy protein shake after your workout, however, a healthy diet is paramount, (supplements are useless against a bad diet). Make sure you have a solid diet of lean meats, veggies, whole grains, and a lot of water before you start thinking about muscle gainers, pre-workouts, amino acids, and creatine. The quality of food you eat impacts your physique far more than a cocktail of powders.
It’s important to take a break between sets, but don’t let your body cool down too much. How long you rest between exercises is completely dependent upon your goals and your individual workout. For instance, heavier workouts may require a few minutes between exercises, whereas workouts designed to strictly increase size should feature shorter rest periods. Depending on your goals, rest periods should be between 30 seconds and 3-minutes.
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