Have exercise misconceptions prevented you from starting an exercise program? Clear up any confusion and let these exercise tips improve your workout routine. Hopefully none of these common exercise myths, mistakes and misconceptions have prevented you from working out.
1. Common Mistake: Failure to set goals. Do you exercise without a clear goal in mind? Having a clear goal set is a critical step in exercise and weight loss success. Tracking your progress in a journal will help ensure you see your improvements, will help motivate you and help you meet your ultimate goal.
2. Common Misconception: No Pain, No Gain. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. Do not ignore this. When you go beyond exercise and testing yourself, you will encounter physical discomfort and need to overcome it. An example of this would be training for a marathon. It is important that you start with a base training program before getting into any advance training protocol. The baseline start up training develops the body and gets it ready for extensive training. You need to learn to observe how your body reacts to these exercises, which will help you to progress in a safe manner. Over doing it at first can cause problems, which then makes you move backward instead of forward towards the goals you have set for yourself.
It is normal for you to hurt after you exercise, but it must be done gradually with a good amount of rest periods to allow proper healing. If you do not take the proper precautions, you will find yourself regretting it. You can cause long lasting damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments if you work out while you are in pain, without allowing for enough rest. Remember, the magical word is moderation. This will be key to you reaching those important exercise goals you’ve set for yourself.
If you wake up the next morning after you exercised and can barely drag your aching body out of bed because everything hurts, you are going to be less motivated to exercise at all. Constant pain is a sure way to kill your exercise program.
3. Common Mistake: Sacrificing Quality for Quantity. When you are ready to increase the number of reps of a particular exercise, and strengthen the corresponding muscles, instead of forcing yourself to do a little more each time, try decreasing the number of reps in a set but increase the number of sets. Also, back off to half your usual number of reps but add a couple of more sets. You will feel less tired and will be able to gain strength in your fast-twitch muscles.
4. Common Myth: Weight Training Makes Women Bulky. Weight training for a woman will strengthen and tone muscle, burn fat and increase metabolism, not build mass. Women do not produce enough of testosterone to build muscle mass the way that men do.
5. Common Mistake: Over-Emphasizing Strengths. When first starting, You should start focusing on your weak points rather then what you are good at. This will help you balance things. For example, if your lower body is stronger than you upper body, then your best best is to place a little bit more focus on the upper area.
Being smart about how you exercise will get you very far. You need to educate yourself, learn from an expert, ask questions that will assist you with your goals. Don’t rush
the process….Doing so will increase your chances of getting hurt, which is not worth. Yes, hard work equals results but injuries can serve as a strong impediment to your overall progression.