5 Workout Mistakes We All Make

This week’s post looks at 5 mistakes we could all be making with our workouts and is written by Guest Blogger Ryan Blair. Ryan is a fitness expert, with 12 years of experience in the fitness industry, he has seen everything. After watching many people struggle in the gym he has taken it upon himself to supply the best information possible so that others may obtain their fitness goals.

So, here are they are; those 5 workout mistakes:

Working out not only keeps the body physically fit, but it also helps to relieve stress by ridding negative endorphins. Whether you are just starting your very first workout routine, or if you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle mass, understanding some of the most common workout mistakes can ensure that you reach your fitness goals safely.

Not Enough Hydration

One of the most important factors to consider when working out is staying hydrated. Keeping a bottle of cold water near you at all times is essential, as working out quickly dehydrates the body through the loss of sweat. There are also drinks filled with electrolytes if you are seeking a more carbohydrate-oriented workout for yourself. Always keep bottles and jugs of water whenever you go, and be sure to drink two to three litres of water daily. This will not only keep you hydrated, but it will also help you feel more full during meals, thus reducing the amount of food that you eat. Avoid sodas and other sugary drinks when you are working out and getting fit. Carrying water everywhere is a natural method of losing weight while also replenishing your body throughout the day.

Not Being Educated about Nutrition

Because losing weight and getting fit is about 90% nutrition and diet, it’s imperative to learn more about foods and how they fuel the body. Getting rid of overly-processed foods, and only sticking to food that is beneficial to the body is a way to see quicker results in less time no matter what you do for a workout. It is also important to understand real fat and saturated fat versus trans fat and foods without any nutritional value before your next grocery trip.

Using the Wrong Food as Fuel

If you feel drained during your workouts, be sure you are fueling yourself properly with the right types of food, whether you work out in the mornings, after work, or even at night. Avoid eating pizza, fast food, and any other junk food prior to a workout, as this works to reverse the effects of your your workout entirely.

If you are unsure of the type of food you should be eating prior to a workout, consider consulting with a doctor, a professional trainer, or visiting authoritative online communities to learn more about your own macros and how to fit them into your workout routine. The more familiar you become with foods that are right for your body, the easier it is to begin seeing the results you desire in the mirror.

Neglecting Rest Days

Rest days are essential! Although it may be tempting to visit the gym everyday in order to achieve faster results, allowing your muscles time to recuperate can help prevent injuries and exercise burn-out. If you are not a fan of taking a break from visiting the gym, opt for a swimming, sauna, and biking day to stay in shape without tearing or pulling on any muscles that may be overworked.

Not Setting Specific Workout Days

Setting specific workout days for various parts of your body is also necessary, whether you want to gain muscle mass or if you are looking to lose weight in various areas of your body. Having specific workout days for various parts of your body is not only a way to give muscles a rest, but it also helps to make a trip to your local gym a bit less daunting, especially if you are used to completing an entire workout with every visit you make.

The more educated you become about nutrition and the way the body works, the easier it becomes to see the results you desire. With persistence, dedication, and the know-how necessary to avoid common exercise pitfalls, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the healthy body you need!

If you would like to have a chat about anything discussed in this post just get in touch via email or give me a call on 07921 777477 and we can arrange a free consultation for you.

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  • Claire says:

    Just a couple of points I’d like to make:

    “There are also drinks filled with electrolytes if you are seeking a more carbohydrate-oriented workout for yourself” – I think it is important to note that electrolyte drinks and energy drinks are not the same thing. Electrolyte drinks simply rehydrate you, which is particularly useful during long/warm/sweaty workouts, whereas energy drinks will contain carbohydrates of some form or another to help fuel workouts.

    I am pleased to see that the author notes the importance of rest days, but I would argue that swimming and cycling do not constitute rest – especially if you are a swimmer or a cyclist whose workout schedule is comprised predominantly of these activities!

    Lastly, I always find it disappointing when fitness and nutrition articles seem to fixate on weight or aesthetic goals, as these may not be the way everyone mentions fitness, and their exercise and food requirements will vary accordingly.

    Just my two cents! I’d be interested to know what other people thought of this?

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment Claire.

      I think you make some good points, especially the point about what constitutes a rest day! I guess it depends on your “sport” and what you have done in the gym during the week as to how “restful” a swim or a cycle might be.

      Also, I think you are right in your last point; as fitness professionals we must always be aware of the needs of each individual client which may well not be weight loss and aesthetics.

      I will pass on your comments to Ryan and ask him for his views as well.

      Thanks again Claire,

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