Fitness Newbie Mistakes to Avoid

Posted: February 18, 2014 in Fitness, fitness classes, Goals, Motivation


It can happen to any of us. We have been away from the gym or out of the fitness loop for a while and decide we might need to get back on track and reenter the fitness world. It can be intimidating to return to a scene that has changed so much from the last time we visited. What should we do? First of all you should feel proud you had the courage to get back into shape and give yourself a pat on the back for trying to improve your lifestyle and health. However, there are some things you need to be aware of to help you get back in the swing of things.

  1. Do not overdo it. You may be trying to make up for lost time or pushing yourself too hard too fast. As a fitness newbie, it can be difficult to tell when you are pushing yourself too far too soon. You should start out slow and steady, just enough to test your limits the first few weeks. You should not try to set any personal records or compete with others at your gym, just yet. You do not want to become sore or cause yourself to get injured. This could have many of us quitting or taking another prolonged break from our fitness routines.

  2. Not exercising enough. You need to have a constant and regular fitness routine to get your body at its best. You should workout at least three days a week for about thirty minutes a day to get your mind and body refocused on your exercise routine and especially, if you want to lose weight and get back in shape. If you exercise once every two weeks or so, you are not really doing your body that much good, so get out there and stick to a fitness plan to achieve the results you want.

  3. Not eating properly for your workouts. You need to eat properly before and after your workouts. Your body needs energy to be able to push you through your workout, and food is the main way to find this energy. The best pre-workout snacks are proteins and carbs, and you should try to avoid anything with too much fiber. After your workout, your body needs more energy to recover. Again, protein and carbs are a good way to go. Many athletes choose to go with a protein shake or a smoothie of some sort. It is up to you, but you need to remember to not eat anything too sugary or loaded in fat and calories because you do not want to undo all your hard work. Also, remember it is just a snack not a buffet. You do not want to overdo it.

  4. Revisiting your old habits. You need to consider why you have been on a break from your fitness routine and make sure not to revisit these reasons again. If your break was caused by boredom or lack of interest, you may need to look into ways you can mix up your routine that can get you excited and looking forward to exercising. You need to find ways that will ensure you stick to your routine and do not take another unexpected break.

There are many things that can cause us to take a break from our fitness routines; however, it is up to us to look for ways around them. We need to do what is best for our health and do whatever we can to stay active. We need to overcome the excuses we find for quitting our exercise plans and stay on track to becoming a fitter and healthier version of ourselves.


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