3 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Working Out

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While working out is hardly rocket science by any standards, it’s still a skill that needs to be honed in order to become good at training your body and achieve good results. Needless to say that making mistakes in this field means a higher risk of injury and fewer gains.

Luckily, weight-training and exercising is something that people have been doing for a long time, so there are a lot of veterans around that have made these mistakes, learned from them, and that are willing to teach others how to avoid their mistakes. Without further ado, here are the most common workout mistakes:

Never Skip The Warm-Up

This can’t be stressed enough. Every time a professional athlete or a trainer wants to pass their knowledge on, this is one of the first things they share with the less experienced. It’s also what most people tend to ignore. Not completely, mind you, everyone knows that the warm-up is important, but few actually do it right. It’s not just two minutes on a treadmill. You need to break a sweat, get your heart-rate up, and warm up your muscles. Keep away from the weights until you do so.

Training Too Frequently

It’s great that you’re serious about getting strong and healthy, but try not to overdo it, for your own good. The importance of recovery between sessions is frequently neglected and you can often hear that “overtraining is a myth.” If exercising leaves you exhausted instead of energized, if you’re constantly sick or sore for days at a time, it could be that you’re pushing yourself too hard. Take a week off to recover and then get back to work. You’ll find that you’ll feel much stronger than before, just because you’ve allowed your body some time to rest.

Not Enough Sleep

Sleep is as important to the human body as food, especially if you have a consistent workout routine. It’s very important to get your z’s and make sure you’re well-rested before your workout. This doesn’t mean that you should skip the workout if you’ve yawned once or twice today – after all, your workout is supposed to leave you feeling energized. Just remember to have 8 hours of sleep every night if you’re planning to get those gains. Oh, and lay off the caffeine. That stuff isn’t helping.


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