There’s no doubt that joining a gym and going 3-5 times a week is the best way to improve your health and achieve your fitness goals. Whether you’re aiming to lose weight, gain lean muscle mass, improve your strength and flexibility, or just generally improve your health, the gym is the place where you’ll get the facilities, equipment, and advice to make it happen. At first, we may rely on instructors and personal trainers to lead us down the path to self-improvement, but over time the instructors have to take the training wheels off and leave us on our own.
This is where we sometimes find ourselves lapsing into bad habits that can, at best, delay the achievement of our personal goals or, at worst, lead to injury that will keep us away from the gym for weeks. These are the bad habits that you (we) need to kick to get the best out of your workouts.
Don’t Make These Workout Mistakes At The Gym
1. Not Warming Up or Cooling Down
Maybe your morning routine is about to make you late for work or maybe you want to get home in time for your favorite show. Whatever time constraints you may be up against, you need to ensure that you take the time to warm up and cool down with stretching and light exercise before and after you work out. Otherwise, you run the risk of muscle and joint stiffness which will render you immobile in the days to come and reduce your chances of turning up ready for action for the rest of the week. This can severely derail your goals.
2. ‘Treading Water’ on the Treadmill
Going to the gym is great, but it’s not enough just to show up. You need to feel the burn! Chances are when you’re at the gym you’ll see someone spend a whole hour (or more) jogging away at a steady pace on the treadmill. This is an incredibly wasteful technique as your body’s calorie consumption will plateau after a while. Instead, mix things up with some high intensity interval training a.k.a HIIT. HIIT allows you to burn more fat in less time!
Complacency at the gym is nothing to be proud of, but sometimes going too far the other way can be even worse. If you train every day you will probably start to feel sluggish and you’ll become despondent as you notice your results begin to plateau. You should definitely allow yourself alternate rest days.
Your muscle tissue needs time to recover and rebuild. Otherwise, you’ll notice a gradual reduction in lean muscle mass and body fat will become even more stubborn. Rest days will also massively reduce your risk of injuries and strains.
4. A Played Out Routine
If you’ve been doing the same routine at the gym for 6 months, then you’ll probably start to feel bored and again your results will begin to plateau. That’s because your body is smarter than you give it credit for. Your muscle memory will ensure that regurgitating the same old routines quickly becomes a little too easy.
At first, crushing these familiar routines will lead to us feeling stronger, faster and fitter. It’s important not to ride this feeling for too long, however, as it can lead you to become complacent and leave you wondering why you aren’t achieving your goals. Mix up your exercises, reps and weights every 6-8 weeks to ensure that you’re always pushing yourself.
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I hope these tips are helpful along your fitness journey!
– Marsha 💋