Most people don’t exercise enough, so it seems like we have to be careful when we talk about what could go wrong – we don’t want to put people even more off of exercise than they already seem to be! But it is important that people know what kind of common mistakes are made when people start exercising properly. Otherwise, you may be doomed to make the same mistakes!
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common exercise errors around. Some of them simply result in you not fulfilling your potential – others may result in injuries!
Letting your ego take the driver’s seat
Your ego is probably your worst enemy when it comes to exercise. You may think that you can take on those extra lifts or keep sprinting for a few more minutes, but if your body has really had enough then you should just let it get some rest. A lot of people make the mistake of making things really competitive. They’ll see someone else lifting more or running longer and assume that they’ll lose face if they don’t beat them. This is letting your ego take control, instead of allowing common sense to dictate that you need to take a break!
Assuming your equipment is good enough
Is that weight machine really pushing you as much as you need it to? Is your treadmill going at a speed that can really challenge you? Is your spin bike making or breaking your workout results? It’s important that you ask yourself such questions, because a lot of people assume that, as long as the equipment seems to function, then it must be doing a good enough job. But just because it gets you moving, it doesn’t mean you’re actually losing weight, or putting on muscle, or improving your lump capacity. You should research your equipment as well as the alternatives. It’s important that you don’t end up sticking with equipment that is just going to end up wasting your time and energy.
Not paying attention to your diet
If you want to ensure that you gain muscle, lose weight, or increase your stamina, then you need to pay attention to more than your personal bests when it comes to exercise. Your diet is key in making sure you get the energy you need, as well as helping you prevent injuries. The nutrients that you get are before and after exercise will have a big effect on its efficacy. A common mistake is putting too much focus on eating protein before exercising, when it’s actually a lot more important to get protein after your workout.
Going in planless
Do you know how many more reps or steps you completed than yesterday? Do you know how much longer you could run or bike before you ran out of breath and had to stop? Have you decided what days of the week you’re going to exercise, or are you simply going to workout whenever you happen to find the time? If you exercise without planning and recording your progress, it’s almost like going in blind. You need to have a good sign of how much your exercise is doing for you!