Avoiding Common Mistakes Fitness Beginners Make

So, you have decided to start working out. That’s great! You will lose weight, put on muscle mass, get fit and become stronger. However, for all of these things to happen, you need to make sure that you’re working out the right way. There are several fitness mistakes that beginners often make when they first start working out, and we’re to help you avoid them. Here’s what you can do to make sure you get the most of your workouts from day one.

Not setting the right goals

There are two mistakes beginners usually make: setting goals that are too strict and nearly impossible to reach or setting goals that are too vague. Wanting to get fit and strong, as well as wanting to lose weight is good motivation, but pretty vague goals, while “I want to lose 50 lb in three months” is just too much. Try to find the middle ground and set different goals: if you want to get in shape, try doing half an hour of physical activity every day, and if you want to lose weight, set up several smaller goals over a longer period of time. This way, you will find it easier to reach your goals, and it will keep you motivated and focused.

Using the wrong equipment

When they start working out in the first place, many people feel very motivated and want to do everything right. This means trying out different exercises and testing different equipment, but as good as this is, it can also have negative consequences. If you want to lose weight, you should focus on cardio exercises, which means fewer heavyweights, more bike rides and long runs. If you want good results, try to exercise on good treadmills and quality stationary bikes. Similarly, if you want to put on more muscle mass, focus more on weights, dumbbells, and planking, as these will make you put on “the good weight”.

Pushing yourself too hard

In the beginning, you might feel the surge of energy, as you feel motivated and want to get results as soon as possible. Still, as zealousness is appreciated, it can also be bad for you, because you can push yourself too hard and end up injured. You might think that you’ll be able to exercise two hours a day, every day of the week, but even if you go get enough time to do so, you will end up exhausted or injured (or both). Baby steps will help you adopt new habits and a healthier way of life, so try to exercise three times a week first, and think about having more difficult exercises, not drastically increasing the number of workouts.

Being too strict

Everyone will have a day when don’t feel too good and don’t want to work out. Perhaps you have been working long hours in the office or you went out and ate some junk food, and now you feel bad and think that all your hard work has been in vain. When beginners feel like they’ve made a mistake, they will easily give up, thinking that one cheat meal or one surprise rest day will completely run their workout plans. Even if this happens, you shouldn’t be too strict on yourself; instead, try to make it up by not skipping our next sessions and paying more attention to your diet in the future.

We all make mistakes, so you can’t expect to do everything perfectly from the very beginning. You will probably make beginner mistakes because you are a beginner, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t correct these mistakes as time passes. When you take time to do a bit of research and perhaps even consult professionals, you will notice that your results will be much better than they were before, and you’ll feel that you have more energy and motivation to keep working out in the future.


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