11 Fitness Mistakes When Starting Out

 

Here are 11 mistakes you should know about before starting your fitness journey;

  1. Lack of Hydration – it’s so important to keep your body hydrated over and above quenching thirst. Water is needed to transport nutrients to your cells and flushes out toxins and other waste products from your body helping your kidneys to function properly. When practising a high protein diet, your body is even more in need of water, to remove excess nitrogen, urea and ketones from your body.
  2. Skipping Warm Ups – warming up prepares the body for exercise by increasing oxygen and blood flow to the muscles, helping your joints move more freely and helps prevent delayed onset muscles soreness (DOMS) and prevents the risk of injury.
  3. Not Documenting Your Journey – taking before and after photos of your journey, helps tremendously when it comes to your progress and reminding yourself how far you’ve come. Photos are so much more effective than relying purely on scales which could reflect water weight and put you in a negative frame of mind, increasing your chances of quitting.
  4. No Forward Planning – meal prepping is one of the most effective ways to prevent over eating or making poor food choices. Having meals and snacks on hand when you’re hungry also removes the risk of going for the quick and easy take-away foods that are more often that not high in fat, carbs and calories.
  5. Inadequate Diet – most people think that in order to lose weight you need to eat less and work out 5-7 days per week. This is actually not the case. If you’re counting macros, you can have a full day of filling meals and snacks and still lose weight and/or build muscle with as little as 3 x 30 minute workouts per week.
  6. Not Listening To Your Body – get to know your body and the signs it gives you when you’re hungry, when you’ve had enough to eat and when you’ve had enough of a workout. Not acting on these signs can lead to over or under eating and risk of injury that could leave you side lined for weeks.
  7. Poor Form – it’s so important to have some one spotting you when starting out in the gym, especially when lifting weights. Lifting incorrectly can do permanent damage and/or not create the results you are after, resulting in a waste of your valuable time.
  8. Feeling Uncomfortable – it’s so important to wear an outfit  to the gym that you are comfortable in, in order to get the most out of your workout. For example, if your undies are cutting in, your bra is not supportive enough or your top keeps riding up, you are most likely going to want to finish early or worse still, not work out at all.
  9. Comparing Yourself To Others – no two bodies are alike and no two journeys or mindsets are the same. Everyone is going to travel at a different pace and comparing yourself to others will likely discourage you rather than entice you to keep going. Draw inspiration from your favourite fitness influencers’ but never compare your journey’s, without having all the facts as to how they got there. Not everything on the internet is real, always bear that in mind before being too hard on yourself. Try and think of the positives and how far you’ve come on your own journey instead.
  10. Not Facing Your Fears – how do you know how far you can go if you don’t push yourself? Results don’t come from comfort zones. They come from going where you haven’t been before and from pushing through your barriers of fear. Always remind yourself that it’s never crowded at the extra mile and if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Nothing that’s easy is usually worth having.
  11. Trusting In The Scales – scales are not always a true reflection of the effort invested in a fitness journey. Taking before, during and after photos reveals results much more effectively, giving you that boost of motivation needed to keep going and achieve your goals faster!