4 Common Gym Mistakes
Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned gym-goer, you could be making mistakes that are preventing you from getting the most out of your workout routine. Here are 4 common gym mistakes:
Not warming up
You can’t just hop right into a workout! You’re at greater risk of injury and premature fatigue if you fail to warm up. Before starting high-intensity activities, try some light cardio to get warmed up. Before strength training, make sure you have the mobility needed for the exercise and go through the movements at a lower weight to engage your muscles and review your cues.
Using incorrect form
Not seeing the results you want to see? There’s a chance that you could be using the incorrect form! No matter what machine or exercise you’re doing, form is important. Using improper form is not only a waste of your time, but can result in injury. If you’re not sure what proper form looks like, consider consulting a personal trainer or reference equipment-specific instructions.
Skipping resistance training
Many people — especially women — skip resistance training out of fear they’ll look too bulky or muscular. However, resistance training is crucial in burning fat and improving overall body composition. Weight training is a great form of resistance training, but it’s not the only kind. You can also try exercises with resistance bands or push-ups, sit-ups, planks, etc.
When you’re motivated to reach your weight loss or body goals, it’s easy to overtrain. However, overtraining is doing more harm than good. Pushing your body to its limits can result in injury, premature fatigue, and muscle stiffness or soreness. It’s best to listen to your body and proceed with awareness of your limitations. Start small and work your way up!
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