Making mistakes when it comes to working out is inevitable. If you are just starting out or been working out for years, no one is immune to “screwing up”. There are certain mistakes that actually should be welcomed as a positive learning experience. Case in point, a bad workout is better than no workout, but it is better to find out what is making your workout bad, so you can no longer have bad workouts. For years if you been going to the gym and walking gingerly on the treadmill for 5 minutes and then go to a few machines and call it good (without breaking a sweat), chances are you are not getting a good workout in, which is a mistake, but one you can learn by.
These are the top 3 mistakes in training you should avoid:
Most people will think overtraining simply stops progress, but this is not the case. Overtraining will actually put the body in more of a breakdown mode which is not good on many levels. You can begin to lose muscle mass, get sick easier, and feel exhausted overall which then effects life outside of the gym. Make sure you are getting those rest days in throughout the week!
- Not Eating Enough
People tend to think in absolutes. If the addition of one thing makes you one way, then by default if you decrease in that something it will make you the opposite. This is true however, it does not paint the whole picture when it comes to eating. Yes, if you eat too much food (calories), you will put on weight. But that does not mean you need to starve yourself either. By eating too little you are not putting the body in a position to progress on any level when it comes to fitness. Make sure you are eating the proper amount of protein, carbs, and fats to fit your goals and let the total calories simply be an afterthought.
- Being Dogmatic
If it a certain diet and/or training method has done wonders for you in the past, do not simply think it wills till do wonders today. As we age, our bodies change. It is much more important to stay consistent at being consistent, not being consistent at being rigid. Do not be afraid to switch things up form time to time, because your body will always adapt to what you are throwing at it.