7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Workout
In what reasons you are doing workout for? Some one aims to compete at a sport, while others are intend to incorporate workout as a self-care way into their day. No matter what it is, you spend lots of time and energy exercising, and you must want to feel like it’s worth it. However, there are some common mistakes you may easily fall into any of these, which may sabotage your effort and workout. Don’t ruin your gym day with these common mistakes!
1. Too focused on numbers
Heart rate, the weight you are able to lift and other digital markers can be useful tools for understanding your fitness level and progress. But don't be too focused on numbers. There are all kinds of things going on in your body that can affect your performance on a given day, plus many machines used to track numbers (such as pedometers, smartwatches, and exercise machines) aren't accurate. Don't take these metrics too seriously.
2. Refuse to eat afterwards
Exercise depletes the body's glycogen stores, or the energy it gets from food. You want to replenish these stores later. If you don't, your body may turn to breaking down muscle cells for more fuel. This may counteract the strength you are trying to build.
3. You’re not getting enough sleep
Research shows that your body will struggle to repair muscle fibers effectively after a workout. If you consistently lack the amount of sleep you need, this can seriously hinder your progress.
4. You don’t ask for help
If you're just starting out at the gym or trying out a new form of exercise entirely, you may experience a bit of a learning curve at first. You will need to learn how to use your new equipment and maintain proper posture, which is essential to prevent injury. Don't be afraid to ask for help while you study! Everyone is a beginner at some point. There's no reason to be embarrassed.
5. You are not drinking enough water
Make sure you stay hydrated! The importance of drinking water really cannot be overstated. Water is involved in almost every process in your body. Exercising can be challenging, and you need water to fuel the reactions that take place at the cellular level. If you don't drink enough water, your performance may suffer. Water is also released through sweat during exercise, which means you need to drink more water after exercising.
6. You stick to a too-rigid plan
Sometimes you'll be more tired or sore than you expect. You may need an extra day or two off. Other times, you'll be invited to an after-get off work happy hour and end up skipping the gym. That's okay too. Balance your commitment to exercise routine with other important aspects of your life. Being too rigid with a plan can cause you to resent it and quit, which is one of the most common mistakes people make when pursuing their goals.
7. You don’t take enough rest between workouts
You should spend at least a few days a week recovering. Neglecting these days robs your body of the ability to rebuild and repair the muscles that break down during exercise. The exact number of days off each week you need can vary over time and usually varies from person to person. Follow your body; if you don't, you may set yourself back.
8. You think more is always better
Many people think that when it comes to exercise, more is better, but this is not always true. For some people, low-intensity exercise is more helpful aids, as they can help prevent injuries and increase efficiency. In addition, exercising for too long or with too much intensity can lead to overtraining syndrome, in which people who overexercise begin to experience mild to severe negative effects. These may include fatigue, mood swings, and hormonal disturbances.