Common Workout Mistakes to Avoid

If you’ve recently decided to lose weight, get in shape or maybe just to live more healthfully, this decision means you will be required to commit to exercising more regularly. But before you lace up your shoes and get moving, here are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

*Don't join a gym for the sake of joining a gym - While this can be a great first step, joining a gym does not necessarily mean a person will become more active. The key, of course, is actually using the gym. Before you sign up for a gym or health club membership, make sure the gym offers the environment and types of equipment and classes you would be inclined to use regularly. And don’t forget the importance of choosing a convenient location. For many people, it makes more sense to join a gym that is close to work, especially if they are more likely to train right after work; others are more likely to use a use a gym that’s closer to home. Find out which location will increase your likelihood of using the gym.

*Don't try to figure it out on your own - Hire a fitness professional or consult with your doctor for advice and recommendations that will be catered for your specific sitation and lifestyle. Working with professionals means there will be an increased accountability factor and there will be a structured and detailed fitness regimin planned specific for your goals and healthy journey. Although professionals don't always have the exact answers for your situation, they are more likely to better access your needs and provide the best guidance wthout wasting valuable time.

*Don't set unrealistic expectations - If you are beginning a new exercise regimen, be realistic about what you are capable of doing and likely to do. It doesn’t make sense to say you will exercise six days a week. Although this is a great goal, it is not realistic for someone who is just starting out. Instead, set a more realistic goal, such as exercising two or three times a week. You can apply this same principle to the intensity of your workouts, including the amount of weight you use and how long your workouts last.

*Don't commit to a type of exercise you already know you don't enjoy - One major factor that influences adherence to a fitness program is motivation. Therefore, when making a resolution to exercise more, be sure to choose an activity that you enjoy. Consistency is key for success, and if you are engaged and enjoying the type of exercise you are performing, your likelihood for sticking with it will be greater.

*Don't try to be the strongest, fastest person in day one - At the start of a new program, you may feel tempted to keep up with or compete with others. While a little friendly competition is good, you must be aware of your limits. Ease into your program and gradually increase your intensity over time. The goal is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, while also not getting hurt or feeling overly sore.

*Don't give up on your exercise routine just because you fell off the wagon - Consistency and commitment are two qualities that make an exercise program successful. You may have days, however, when your motivation is low or your schedule gets in the way, and that is O.K. The important thing is to consistently try to maintain your exercise program and focus on the next opportunity.

Avoid these common exercise mistakes and you will be well on your way to reaching your fitness and wellness goals!

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