feel that you’re not getting the results you want from your exercise
regimen, check this list of the most common
mistakes about exercising and see how you can
modify your routine to your advantage.
Lack Of Direction:
Set your goals right from the moment you start your workout plan.
Start a journal where you’ll jot down everything that’s essential to
Thinking That More Is Always Better:
Exercising effectively involves a combination of quality and quantity.
There are certain types of exercises that, no matter how many
repetitions you make, won’t give you significant results. On the other
hand, there are also routines that just take a small amount of time but
are so taxing that you’ll see amazing results in just a few days.
You can also decrease the number of repetitions in a set to avoid
exhaustion, but make sure you increase the number of sets.
In weight training, another effective technique to make your
exercise more effective is to cut the weights you are using in half but
do the repetitions to fatigue. This method has been shown to quickly
Settling Into Your Comfort Zone:
If you keep doing the same routine over and over, you’ll eventually
stop gaining muscle mass. “No pain, no gain” is still true to some
extent in this sense, if you want to see the results you’re aiming for.
Muscle is built when they repair themselves after a rigorous routine.
When you feel pain after a difficult session, this means that your
muscle fibers have sustained tiny tears, but these are soon repaired.
Those who are new at exercising may commit the mistake of
overworking themselves, not allowing sufficient time for these tears to
heal. What happens is that the ligaments, tendons, and muscles may
become permanently damaged, making exercising excruciating.
Always remember to perform stretching exercises as warm-ups and
cool-downs too, no matter how physically fit you are.
This point also touches on another exercise mistake – not
putting enough variety into one’s exercises.
To keep from getting bored and from getting the same results (which,
in many cases, may mean no results if no changes are made), try a new
variation of your usual exercises.
Also try those that push you to use different body joints, such as
lunges and squats.
Focusing On The Wrong Things:
Many people stick to doing what they’re good at, what’s easy for
them, or enhancing their assets. However, for overall health, you also
need to focus on your weaknesses.
If you have a well-developed upper body, for instance, perform
exercises that would help your lower extremities, too.
Taking Power Bars And Sports Drinks For Non-Strenuous Workouts:
Well, okay, they may be strenuous to you, but researchers believe that
if you haven’t exercised for more than 2 hours in a day, these
bars and drinks will only add to your calories.
Just drink plenty of water and have a
balanced diet to be able to meet your daily exercise needs.
Resorting To The Gym Slouch:
This is when you lean on the equipment too heavily instead of just
holding on to the bars for support.
When you do the gym slouch on, say, a treadmill or the Stairmaster, you
lean over and round your back, thus not giving your spine the
Starving While Exercising To Quickly Lose Weight:
This may seem contrary to that point mentioned above, but there are
too many people skipping breakfast, taking a hurried lunch, and gorging
This is an ineffective weight loss formula because it slows down
A better plan is to have 5 or six meals in smaller portions, with
meals evenly spaced throughout the day. This facilitates digestion and
improves metabolism in the long run.