Many people practice exercises with bad form because they are too embarrassed to ask for help. Not only is this ineffective, but it’s also dangerous, as you have a greater chance of injuring yourself. If you need help, try joining a gym. Ask a trainer for assistance; they’ll probably be more than happy to help you!
Thinking More is Better
Working out six to seven times a week may seem like the healthy thing to do, but you probably aren’t achieving maximum results. It’s important to give your muscles time to recover. If your body is overtraining, then you’re not going to see results.
Instead of heading to the gym every single day, shoot for three to five short, intense workouts a week.
Lifting Too Little Slide
Many people believe that lifting a lighter weight for more repetitions will create better results, but that’s not true. Using a heavier weight for 8-12 reps will allow you to burn fat and build muscle much more effectively.
Doing Too Many Isolation Exercises
Isolation exercises only work one or a few muscles at a time, which is not an effective way to workout. By practicing compound exercises — exercises that target multiple muscle groups — you can get a better workout in a shorter amount of time, since they use more energy and boost your metabolism. A few common and simple examples of compound exercises are dumbbell lunges, deep squats, and lying floor leg raises with a crunch.
Taking Advice from an Unprofessional
It’s easy to seek fitness advice from your friends and family when you’re starting a new routine, but unless they’re trained professionals, what works for them might not work for you. Everyone is different, so it’s good to trust your instincts. If you absolutely hate the way running makes you feel, don’t do it. Find something else that works for you. If you are seeking advice, look for a trained professional in your area. You may have the best luck at a major fitness center.
Not Eating Right Slide
If you think you can eat anything you want and expect that exercise alone will help you achieve the results you are looking for, you’ve been misinformed. For overall wellness, you should consume a diet balanced in proteins, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Don’t make it a habit of driving through McDonald’s after your sweat sessions.
Doing the Same Workout All of the Time
If you continue to do the same workout day after day, your body will get used to it, and results will plateau. If you want to continue to see results, mix up your routine. If you usually run three times a week, try strength training, Zumba or spinning. Taking a break from an activity can be good because the next time you come back to it, it’ll be a challenge!
Performing an Exercise Too Quickly
When it comes to working out, slow and controlled is better. When lifting weights, a general rule is one second up and three seconds down. There’s no need to rush through a workout, as it’s not as effective and can cause injury.
Skipping the Stretch
Neglecting to stretch for at least a few minutes can lead to pain in your back, shoulders and neck, as well as joint injuries. Plan for five minutes of stretching after each of your workouts to prevent any problems.
Cardio Before Lifting
If you normally do cardio before lifting, you probably aren’t gaining maximum results in the gym. Always do resistance training before cardio, especially if your goal is building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Your body will be pushed to the limits during resistance training, which means you’ll continue to burn even more calories during your cardio session.
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