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If you are on a mission to get fit yet you are not seeing the results you had hoped for, it could be because you are making some critical mistakes when exercising. A lot of people are making errors when working out without realizing it. With that in mind, read on to discover more about some of the common workout mistakes that hurt you.

Ignoring Pain

Yes, you should feel exhausted after working out. And yes, your muscles may even feel sore. However, you need to recognize when you have gone too far. Pain is not a normal part of a workout session. There are some people that even take painkillers so they can continue working out. This is a big, big mistake! Pain is not weakness leaving the body, no matter what people may say! It is your body telling you that something is wrong. Ignoring the pain, or even worse, covering it up, can be exceptionally dangerous. Chiropractors can provide a great service for anyone working out, ensuring your body is in optimal condition. 

Resting Too Long Between Sets

Rest time is a necessity in between sets but you shouldn’t overdo it. Varying your rest is essential. You can challenge yourself more with shorter rest times and get your heart rate under control when you need to by resting longer. When you carry out each activity with as little rest as possible while trying to maintain a good form, you tax your aerobic system more.

For example, after every first round of resistance training, rest for about 20 seconds. In your subsequent set, vary your rest to 15 seconds and pause for a 10-second break after your third round. You can also incorporate HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), which uses different timing intervals on different regimens. Another way to push your body is by doing plyometrics. When your body gets a lesser amount of time to recover, your cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems get pushed to higher levels.

You may also want to avoid steady-state cardio. Except that you are training for a marathon, you should avoid staying at one place for more extended periods. Instead, vary the scale of the intensity and the timing of your training – this boosts your metabolism better than steady-state workouts.

However, you need to make sure you do not rest for longer than the workout itself. Rests between sets In most cases, a rest that amounts to half of the workout time will be optimal.

Repeating the Same Exercise Routine Each Time

Another common workout mistake that hurts you is the lack of variety. You cannot do the same thing all of the time and expect improved results. You need to switch up your routine so that you are working on different parts of your body and challenging yourself. Not only this, but you will quickly get bored if you are doing the same thing all of the time. Variation is the key to success when exercising.

Eating Too Much Before Workouts

Last but not least, a lot of people are eating too much before working out without realizing it. This is because their pre-workout supplement is loaded with sugar. This could lead to a crash halfway through your routine. Whenever you buy stuff like this, make sure you read the ingredient list.

Using Poor Quality Equipment

Another common workout mistake that hurts you is not investing in good quality equipment. It does not matter whether you have a squat rack with weights in your home or your own treadmill, you need to make sure you invest in quality. If you purchase poor-quality equipment, this could be doing more harm than good. This is why you need to take your time when shopping. Don’t rush. Doing your research and reading reviews that have been left by previous customers can help.

Are you making any of the workout mistakes that have been mentioned above? If so, simply follow the suggestions that have been presented so you can get your exercise routine right. If you follow the advice given above, and you will find that your workouts will become much safer and more effective in the process.

To a Healthier Fitter You,

Adriana Albritton

The Fitness Wellness Mentor

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