Working out is arguably one of my favorite things to do! Don’t roll your eyes, it’s true. But working out can be frustrating when you aren’t getting the results that you want. Gym goers commonly make a few workout mistakes that could be tweaked and completely speed up desired results. Think of it as “workout etiquette.”
Follow a few tips and enjoy your workout more and see results faster!
Doing core at the end of a workout
Working your core is EXTREMELY important. You use your core 24/7 and need to build its strength. However, after you have sweated and nearly reached fatigue, you don’t typically decide holding a plank for 2 minutes sounds like a reasonable thing to do. You are depleted of energy and just plain tired. Change it up and do the core workout before!
Not lifting weights
You can’t gain that definition and lose weight fast by only doing cardio. You need to build up your muscles and lift those weights. Don’t be one of those women scared to lift. You won’t become a body builder, that’s a whole other ball game.
Working only one body part
If you want toned abs, you can’t get them by solely adding crunches to your workout. If you want toned arms, you can’t get them by solely adding biceps curls and tricep dips. Your body is a machine, it works together and typically changes as a whole! You can add more care and focus into an area but will see faster results if you work more muscles at the same time. The more muscles you are working in a move, the better. Think burpee with a pushup.
You must stretch. I repeat, you must stretch. The repeat was for myself. I absolutely hate stretching but it’s so important. It keeps you mobile and helps your range of motion in all your moves. My sister has always been aggravatingly super flexible and I’ve been stiff as a board. However with regular stretching, you can fix it! Don’t cheat your future self out of a limber healthy bod by not taking the time to stretch every day.
Not giving yourself a break
You are an animal, superman, crazy fitness guru, all star weight trainer, blah blah good job. You still need to rest! Giving your body that time to recuperate is imperative! Let it relax and come back even stronger.
So continue to train hard and remember that fitness lovers rock at life!