Any workout aims to improve our health and provide results, but some mistakes could delay your results or even put you at risk of sustaining a serious injury. We have put a list together of seven mistakes that you need to avoid to, improving your results and increase your range of motion without sustaining an injury.
Skipping warmups and cool downs
Think of your body as a car on a freezing day. You wouldn't stick the key in and drive off first thing in the morning without getting it ready. The same goes for your body. Doing warm-ups helps your body become prepared for the work ahead, improving your muscle elasticity to improve your range of motion and lower your chances of sustaining an injury.
Believing that pain is a sign of getting a good work out
There is such a thing as good pain. Then there is bad pain during a workout that can lead to injuries or sustaining a life-long disability. It's crucial to listen to your body during and after a workout. Should you feel any sharp pain or discomfort, stop. Should it persist, seek medical attention. Remember to give your body time to rest.
Overworking your body for skipped days
It's all about pacing yourself. There is only so much our bodies can do. However, piling on workouts in a short space of time because you missed a day or skipped a week can have the reverse effect. The amount of stress placed on your body can lead to injuries and prevent your muscles from healing properly for the next session. This is one of the reasons why many people tend to quit their fitness regime due to the unrealistic target they set for themselves.
Not staying hydrated
Staying hydrated is fuel for your body. Doing this during and after workouts is crucial. Not only will this help with your blood pressure, but it can ensure that nutrients such as oxygen are delivered to your muscles while you workout. It is also a great way to reduce cramps.
Whether it's being inconsistent with your workout routine or your diet, which contributes to 80% of you seeing any results, being inconsistent can be the spanner in the works. Keep going at it, even on days where you don't feel like it.
Being a creature of habit
Sticking to a routine is important but staying comfortable with the same fitness level you started with will give you the same results. Gradually challenge yourself to do more challenging workouts that test your endurance. Remember to pace yourself instead of going from 0-100 in a short space. For example, if you are used to doing 15 push-ups, push it to 20 next week.
Comparison is an enemy of progress
Keep in mind that your body is different from the next person. You may look the same externally, but internally, there are a whole lot of factors at play. Therefore, what could work for one person may not work for you. Always consult with a qualified doctor and dietician to find out if the new workout routine you want to take on will be healthy for your body.