Adam Stockl in Sport and Fitness, Healthy Living Team Development Manager • Life Time Inc Aug 27, 2019 · 1 min read · 1.2K

5 Mistakes People Make When Working Out

5 Mistakes People Make When Working Out

While there are many definitions for fitness, one thing is common among fitness lovers; fitness is a lifestyle. If you really want to meet your fitness goals, you have to set specific and realistic goals. In addition, it is crucial to avoid making mistakes when working out as much as possible to avoid injury and stalling your progress. What are the top 5 mistakes people make when working out? 

Lack of Fitness Plan

Fitness instructors often find that people go to the gym with a very disorganized mindset. They simply plot along from machine to machine or take the same aerobic class every week. They don't have any real goals to sculpt their bodies or to focus on one specific goal. A lack of a fitness plan makes it hard to reach peak fitness.

Opting Out of Strength Training

This applies more to women than men. Women tend to shy away from strength training and get too caught up in the dance classes and cardio routines as they feel strength training isn’t as important to them as it is to men. This is a big mistake because what they really want are sculpted bodies that are muscular rather than rake thin. Increasing muscle mass through strength training with cardio mixed in is what helps rev up your metabolism to burn fat off.

Excessive Cardio

Although anyone can overdo cardio, newcomers are often more guilty of this sin. You should limit your cardio to about 15- or 20-minute sessions, no more than twice a week. If you start to focus too much on cardio, you will start to burn off lean muscle mass.

Improper Nutrition

Diet matters much more than what you do at the gym. If you have an unhealthy diet that consists of fast food and assuming you do cardio to burn it off, it won’t help burn any of the fat you are hoping to burn. When you take in high volumes of protein, avoid sugar, and opt for the light salad instead of the full course meal, you make it much easier to achieve your fitness goals. True athletes develop a hunger for working out and start to feel less excited about food. Eating the right kind of nutrients and keeping your body healthy will help you to increase your workout intensity and frequency.

Static Exercise Mode

If you don't challenge your body and do different exercises to target different muscle groups, you will not reach your pinnacle. A static workout that involves going through the same routine every week may keep you toned but won't help you progress to grow your muscles. You have to keep pushing at something and doing things that are uncomfortable to see gains.             

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