One of the best decisions you will ever make is to look after your body. Starting a fitness journey can be daunting, but it’s a lifestyle choice that nobody regrets!
There are lots of common misconceptions when starting a fitness programme. The most common being that results will be visible in a matter a weeks. Fitness needs to be looked at as a lifestyle, although it is great to set goals and have targets. Keep these realistic otherwise you risk being frustrated and disheartened in the early stages. In time, you will become familiar with what exercises and training plans you enjoy the most and it will gradually become a normal part of your routine, much like having a cup of tea in the morning.
Below we have listed 6 common mistake made beginning a fitness journey.
You skip the warm up
Carrying out a warm up exercise doesn’t have to take long, but it does need to be done. It’s one of the most important set of exercises which helps your nervous system for exercise. Warming up helps prevent skipped heartbeats and premature heartbeats, you wont want to miss this out especially if you are thinking of carrying out HIIT exercises.
It's easy, all you need to do is take an extra 10 minutes before every workout and do some light exercises to cause a light sweat this could be marching, brisk walking, star jumps or stretching. There are many more exercises you can do but the ones above can help to get your body warmed up ready for a workout session.
You stop yourself from doing strength training
Strength training is also known as resistance training, it is an activity designed to increase your muscle strength and builds up connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and bone density.
With strength training you can also improve your muscle strength by exercising specific muscle groups against resistance, this could be using free weights resistance bands etc.
People forget to realise with undertaking strength training you will be able to perform your everyday activities better than you could ever do before and if you have been wanting to get rid of some stubborn fat then strength training is your baby because working your muscles will fire up your metabolism.
You Ego Lift
Ego Lifting is by far the most common and biggest mistake anyone can make. When you lift with an ego you are pushing to much weight with the hopes to impress your friends or a more experience lifter. This could bottle down to two things, showing off and not realising what weight your body can lift or you could feel intimidated. Intimidation shouldn't get the better of you, everyone starts off with fitness as a beginner therefore those experienced fitness buffs who you feel intimated by were in the same place as you.
At some point you might think its cool lifting weights you are unable to lift to your full potential but you are pushing yourself into a dangerous position and you will be at a higher risk of causing yourself an injury. Tossing weights around like a manic is not the solution to achieving your fitness goals.
Not balancing out your weight and cardio training
It is often noticed that men and women have their go to’s when it comes to working out.
Women miraculously believe carrying out cardio will help them to get toned and create lean muscle but this is where women are going wrong especially female fitness beginners. You may have heard, but they are now known as cardio bunnies.
Doing this will only burn up all the muscle and those curves you have been wanting are long gone, and as for men they are no better, don't tell me you haven't heard the famous line ’ I want to get ripped’?. Getting ripped does not come from hitting the weights, you need to alter your routine to incorporate cardio exercises to burn the body fat you have in order to see that dreamful six pack you have been wanting!
Not having a plan
Not many people create a plan when they have made the decision to start their fitness journey. Working out in a gym is a different topic because you are able to get a workout plan from a fitness coach or personal trainer, but people often make the mistake of not having a structured plan, trackable goals and detailed log tracking your training results when working out at home. With not having a workout plan you are not able to plan what muscle groups you will be focussing on each day.
This is not an ideal mistake you would want to make at the start of your fitness journey as beginners fall into the trap of not planning ahead and will get frustrated when no results are visible. This would lead to lack of direction and your results will not be positive.
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A lot of fitness beginners don't take notice of how important nutrition is. You can work your butt off exercising all you want and have a top notch work out plan but nutrition is 90% of the achieving your goals. You might not be aware of this, but training and nutrition work great together and one can not succeed without the other
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