Easy exercise mistakes to avoid

Two Sporty Girls Exercising With Fitness Balls While Their Fitness Instructor Tracking The Progress On Clipboard.
Two sporty girls exercising with fitness balls while their fitness instructor tracking the progress on clipboard.

Believing that more is more:
 
​You don’t have to exercise every day for 2 hours to get results, your body needs time to recover. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity every day coupled with a few days of high intensity fitness routines. 
 
​Not warming up:
 
​To effectively burn fat, your body needs to prepare. Get the blood pumping and muscles prepped. Try walking and building up to a slow jog, leading to a run to work up some sweat. Once you are warm, you can get into your fitness routine. 
 
Mix it up:
 
Just like with food, you cant expect to do the same thing everyday and get continuous results. Your body will become used to the activity and stop progressing. Step up the intensity of your workout or change it up. Usually do cardio? Why not add in some weights.
 
​Stay away from weights:
 
​Many women fear the weight room in fear of becoming ‘bulky’ but making use of weight actually holds the key to that toned body you’ve been dreaming of. Start off small and gradually up the weight. 
 
​Think exercise only happens in the gym:
 
​Truth be told, you can have just as much success from the comfort of your own home. There are so many fitness DVDs and YouTube videos out there now. All you need is a pair of trainers, enough space and motivation. 
 
​Trying too much too soon:
 
​When you make a new promise it can be easy to want to do everything all at once and really hit it hard for the first few days. However, all this will do is tire your body out and prevent you working out. Try 2 to 3 days a week of moderate exercise to begin with and then add on a day and up the intensity. 
 
 
​Not planning or preparing:
 
​Just like with your weight loss it helps to have a fitness goal; would you like to focus on your love handles, your arms or perhaps your legs? Is your goal to run a 5K? Having a plan/goal helps you stay motivated and increase your likeliness of working out. 
 
​Buying the latest equipment:
 
​Put down the resistance bands and toss that hoop away. Fads whether they are foodie or fashion and just fads. Try doing something that doesn’t cost anything like going for a run. If you find you enjoy fitness then its time to invest in some equipment. 
 
​Doing exercise you don’t enjoy:
 
​Fitness needs to be fun. Forcing yourself to do anything you don’t enjoy is a fast track way to quitting. Make fitness fun and choose something you know you’re going to enjoy. 
 
​Saying ‘I CAN’T’:
 
​Now you and I both know that’s not true. You can do anything you put your mind to. Positive thinking is the best advice for exercising. Yes you maybe cant run 5K right now… but bet your boots in 6 months your new aim will be to run it in under 35 minutes. 
 

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