We all try our best to live healthfully and do right by ourselves, but sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. We show up at the gym ready to kick but the truth is, most of us have no idea what we’re doing there. We’ve done one thing right, that is, we came, but we don’t feel like we know anything, and we certainly are not getting that body as fast as we though we would. Read through these common fitness mistakes beginners to make to see if you make any of them, and learn how to correct them so you can stay more focused on your fitness goals.
1. NOT FOLLOWING A PROGRAM
Not having a program is one of the most common mistakes beginners make. Showing up at the gym with no idea what you are going to do past that is the surest way to let yourself down and lose all that motivation you built up.
Having a program to follow is also the best way to know you are moving forward. Keeping track of your workouts and marking your progress will keep the motivation going strong. There is no greater motivation than knowing you can do it because you already have done it.
some tips… start with the machines until you get more comfortable in the gym. research the equipment so you know what you are working with.
2. PUSH YOURSELF MORE
There will come a time when you think your best is just showing up at the gym and going through the motions…stuck on the same routine for too long. Challenging yourself is so important. Shut down your brain and become a robot. Don’t listen to yourself finding a million and one excuses why you should quit. If you don’t challenge yourself you will not see any progress.
Little pushes at a time are better than none at all. Watch motivational videos or listen to motivational speeches while you workout to help your mind overcome the difficult reps.
3. SWITCH IT UP
You will get bored fast if you stick to the same routine every single day. Make sure you switch it up so that your body and mind don’t get too used to them. Add an extra set or a few extra reps, or just try a different move. Always challenge yourself. You will never know what your body is capable of until you push it to its limit.
4. REST DAYS
Not to be used as an excuse to skip the gym, rest days are important for the body to recover from all the stress it is put through. Give it time to relax and settle down. Resting is an important step in building the body.
5. GOING STRAIGHT TO SIT UPS TO LOSE STOMACH FAT
Building abdominal muscles is great but if you want that sleek flat stomach sit ups and crunches aren’t going to show through until you ditch that top layer of fat. In order to get a lean body the fat needs to go first. Make sure you are eating right for weight loss and doing alot of good cardio. Don’t fall for any “lose weight fast” diets as these are very unhealthy and not ideal. Try a balanced diet with fewer carbs and more detoxifying fruit and veg. Also, cut down on refined sugars.
EAT. MORE. CARBS.
The fat is gone and you’re working on building that booty or toning those arms but progress seems slow. Not eating enough is a very big, and common, mistake. The body needs fuel to build itself up and it can’t do that on a low carb diet. Make sure those carbs you get down you are good carbs, not sugar and sweets etc. Try brown rice instead of white rice, for example. These carbs are more complex and take longer to break down. Research a good nutrition plan for yourself and don’t skip meals.
7. BAD FORM
Simply going through the moves is not good enough. Make sure you are going through the moves right or you will not feel any muscles burning and you will just fly through reps the easy way. If it doesn’t hurt bad enough, check your form.
Perfect your form and you will perfect your workouts.