Far too often, workout beginners make the same mistakes over and over. Even people who aren’t new to working out may make mistakes when trying out a new type of exercise. Or, maybe you’ve been working out for years, but you can’t figure out why you’ve never seen the results you’ve expected. Avoid frustration by steering clear of these three all-too-common mistakes. You’ll get more out of your workout, too!
1. Most people who are just starting out at the gym hop on the treadmill, clock an hour and then call it a day. This is too much cardio, though, especially when you’re keeping your pace steady and moderate the entire time. According to Redbook, you need to switch things up in order to reap the benefits of all that effort. Interval training, which has short bursts of high-energy, intense running mixed with more moderate pacing, is the best way to see results fast. As you get used to this regime, spend less time recovering and more time on the high-intensity stretches.
2. Early risers tend to get their workout over with in the morning, but if you haven’t eaten since the night before, you’re running on empty. Fuel up with plenty of water and a small breakfast or snack. Even eating a handful of almonds, an energy bar or a piece of fruit is better than exercising on an empty stomach. It’s best to eat approximately one hour before you start working out. Keep in mind that it’s not good enough to just stay hydrated before and after a workout. While you don’t want to skip over drinking plenty of water, you need more in your stomach before exercising.
3. Beginners don’t usually take notes, but it’s difficult to continually improve your fitness if you don’t track your progress. According to MuscleAndFitness.com you should record everything, including the exercises you did, the weight you used and the number of reps you completed. Some people also like to track how their body changes by taking pictures every week. Also, keep track of your weight, body fat percentage and measurements. You may want to also jot down the foods you ate and how you felt, particularly on days that you had exceptionally difficult workouts or on days that you felt you got through your workout easier than usual. You’ll see where you need to improve, which lets you adjust your workout regime to see better results.