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Most common workout mistakes.

Mistakes are a part of life. It’s what you do with those mistakes that matters most. Do you make excuses, try to hide them, give up, or learn valuable lessons? If you can learn from your mistakes, you’ll become a wiser, stronger person, in life, business, and the gym.

It’s common for people to make mistakes when they exercise. Maybe they’ve been misinformed or just don’t know any better. Make it your goal to learn from your exercise mistakes so you can reach your fitness goals in less time and with less risk of injury.

Here are six of the most common mistakes people make while working out and how to avoid them yourself.

Too Much Too Soon

This is a common rookie mistake. You’ve made the decision to get in shape or lose weight and jump into exercise too fast. You want to see quick results so you mistakenly do too much too soon. When your body is out of shape, you can’t expect it to do what it did when you were a teenager. Overdoing it early in the game can lead to injury, excessive soreness, or burnout. Plan to ease into exercise by gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your workouts.

Skipping Rest Days

Your muscles need time to recover and heal from intense workouts. Rest between workouts is what helps your muscles grow. Without time off, your performance will suffer and you put yourself at a greater risk for injury. Plan your workouts to allow time for rest. An easy way to do this is to focus on your lower body on two non-consecutive days a week and your upper body two other non-consecutive days a week. Then, take one or two days off each week for complete rest from exercise.

Getting Stuck in a Rut

It’s easy to do what you know. Maybe you’re a creature of habit and feel most comfortable doing the same workout everyday. This mistake can lead to a lack of results or a repetitive use injury. Changing things up is the best way to make sure you’re working all your muscles, challenging your muscles in new ways, and giving your muscles time to rest. Try new workouts or gradually increase the intensity or duration of your workout.

Forgetting Technique

Many people make the mistake of focusing too much on the intensity of their workout rather than on proper form. Repeatedly using bad technique can lead to injury or a lack of results. Whether you’re running, lifting weights, or doing, Yoga proper form is important. Any time you try a new exercise, take time in the beginning to learn correct form. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run and get better long-term results.

Not Caring for Joints

Your joints bear the brunt of exercise. Without proper care, your ankles, knees, hips, or shoulders will suffer. Overtraining without adequate strengthening or not using proper form during exercise can cause injury and a lack of mobility. To avoid this mistake, be sure your workouts include a balance of cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises, and do them all with proper form. When your joints feel sore or achy, take a break from high impact exercises.

Not Fueling Your Body

Don’t expect to improve performance or reach fitness goals without eating the right foods to fuel your workouts. Filling up on junk food won’t provide the energy and nutrients your body needs for a successful workout. Instead of feeding your body trash, fill up on the good stuff: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and low-fat dairy.

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