Get results and stay motivated with your workout routine by avoiding these common mistakes:
Setting Unrealistic Goals – The biggest mistake that exercisers make is setting incredibly unrealistic goals.
Instead try small, simple and easy goals –this will build your confidence and help you stick with it.
Expecting To See Results Right Away – Have you been exercising for a few weeks but still haven’t seen a drop in weight?
Just because you can’t see any visible changes yet, doesn’t mean your body isn’t changing—instead of immediate visible gratification, focus on how you feel to stay motivated. Most experts agree that it can take 6 weeks or more to begin to see changes.
Doing Too Much Too Soon – Trying to make up for lost time in the gym during your very first workout is a recipe for a disaster.
Be realistic about your starting level and progress slowly from there.
Using Improper Form Or Technique – Doing exercises improperly can easily cause strain or injury, sidelining you from future workouts.
Do your body a favor and learn the correct technique from the pros—books or instructional videos work great but hiring a Certified Personal Trainer is the best way to master new moves and key form tips safely.
Having No Goals At All – Unrealistic goals may not be helpful but having no goals at all won’t do anything for your over the long term.
Goal-setting is long known to be effective in helping one adhere to exercise and is extremely important to getting on track and moving in purposeful directions—once you’ve determined what your main goal is, break it down into mini-goals that have a timeline to stay inspired and on track.
Understanding That Diet Is As Important As Exercise – One of the biggest mistakes exercisers make is not realizing that dietary intake and nutrition are an important part of any exercise plan.
In order to see visible changes in your body, pay attention to what you fuel it with—not all calories are created equal.
Doing The Same Workout Over And Over – Once you’ve found a workout that you like, it’s easy to find yourself repeating it over and over and over again.
If you never change, you will never change! Some repetition is necessary in order to master new exercises and build strength and stamina, but the timeframe for most adaptations to occur is about 4-6 weeks. Once you’ve reached the 4-6 week mark—it’s time to mix things up.
Focusing Only On Cardio For Weight Loss – Exercisers often think that cardio exercise is the best way to lose weight.
The reality is that your body needs a balanced workout routine in order to change your body composition, lose inches and get stronger and healthier overall. Well rounded workouts should consist of resistance, cardio, flexibility, core, balance and stabilization.
Trying Every Trend – Just because a certain exercise program is all the rage, doesn’t mean it’s the exercise program of choice for everyone, especially “newbies”.
Begin with exercise basics and avoid jumping on any bandwagon until you’ve had a proper intro to exercise and have built up your basic cardio, flexibility and strength levels.
Remember, results take time, have patience and learn to trust the process! You Got This!