Most people understand the basic intrinsic value of working out regularly, and make some sort of effort to establish a fitness routine. However, not all exercises are created equally, and subtle changes in the way one performs exercises can determine whether these exercises are actually beneficial to them. An individual who is not aware of how best to exercise and what to avoid while exercising may not only be failing to get the most out of their fitness routine, they may actually be placing himself at risk for injury.
Getting a good workout does not mean that the individual has to participate in a gym membership or work with a personal trainer. However, by understanding some of the most common fitness mistakes, an individual can avoid them and get more out of their workouts. Following are five common fitness mistakes:
1. Trying to do too much, too soon. Deciding to institute a regular fitness routine is a great step forward, but it doesn’t mean that you should jump right in and try all sorts of exercises you never have before. Ideally, you should speak with your doctor prior to beginning a fitness routine to determine which exercises may be best for you.
2. Focusing only on one type of exercise–like cardiovascular exercise. Cardio exercise is often one of the most popular types of exercise because of its calorie-burning benefits. However, to truly benefit from a fitness routine, you have to participate in core exercises that work out and strengthen all areas of your body, including your abdomen, back, pelvis and hips. A well-rounded fitness routine can help improve an individual’s posture, flexibility and balance.
3. Exercising while not completely focused. Many individuals enjoy listening to music while exercising, and this can be okay as long as you are able to focus on your exercises and avoid injury. If you need to speak on the cell phone, for example, take a break and handle the call and then resume your fitness routine when you can once again give it your full attention.
4. Exercising while in pain. Sore muscles are one thing, while pain is another thing entirely. Sore muscles are often okay to subject to regular exercises, while pain should be aggressively addressed and handled, with a doctor if necessary.
5. Failing to eat prior to exercising. Your body will burn important nutrients while exercising, so it is vital to eat a nutritious, energizing meal prior to exercising. This doesn’t have to be a huge meal, but even some yogurt or a banana and peanut butter can greatly improve your workout benefits.