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Don't be fooled: gym mistakes that almost everyone makes

Yulia PoteriankoLife
In spring sports, the main thing is not to demotivate yourself too early

Spring is coming soon - a time when hundreds of people start signing up for gyms to get fit for summer. But how many of them will achieve their goal is determined, among other things, by the mistakes that many people make during training.

OBOZ.UA asked professional fitness trainers for advice on how to train properly in order to consistently get the desired result, enjoy the process and not harm your health. They named ten common mistakes to avoid during training.

Don't neglect cardio

Working with weights seems to be inherently more effective, while the real fat burning zone is the cardio zone. Therefore, you should not neglect such exercises and perform them for as long as your trainer recommends. In addition, it is cardio that has the most positive effect on overall health.

Don't rely on running alone if you want to lose weight

Conversely, focusing too much on jogging will not allow you to build a toned body with defined muscles. And muscles are the main fat burners in our body. Therefore, balance your workouts so that in addition to jogging, you also have enough strength exercises and stretching in your program.

Don't overexert yourself

Overtraining usually increases your appetite and tendency to overeat when you're not exercising. And instead of losing weight, you'll gain additional weight. And what can be more demotivating than the opposite of the desired result? So don't work out until you break a sweat. Post-workout fatigue should be pleasant, not overwhelming.

Do not deceive yourself and your trainer

Every time you come to the gym, be sure to challenge yourself by setting a specific goal. Choose your workload honestly and responsibly, but don't deceive yourself or your trainer. If you find it difficult or uncomfortable, ask for a replacement exercise, rather than dropping it from the program altogether.

Always get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can not only reduce the results of training. It also leads to stress, poor muscle recovery, and general irritability, which is bad for motivation. So don't forget to get enough sleep after training. Only a good night's sleep will help you effectively build the muscle mass you need.

Don't use the scale as a measure of progress

Body weight is influenced by many factors, such as the presence or absence of edema, the amount of food consumed, and the phase of the menstrual cycle in women. Therefore, it is completely wrong to rely on the numbers on the scale. Pay attention to how old clothes fit you, your body volume, and the proportions of muscle and fat tissue in your body. Only all of this together will give a truly realistic picture of weight loss.

Choose a trainer in good shape

A good trainer is a walking advertisement for his profession. He knows how to take care of himself and has the necessary knowledge to help others with this. Moreover, they are responsible for their trainees. So pay attention to how your trainer looks. If you are not satisfied with the state of his or her body, this is a reason to think about replacing it.

Don't make yourself dependent on others

Many people are looking for a workout partner. Yes, this can be a great motivation to start going to the gym, but this motivation is instantly destroyed if your partner is sick, busy, or just slacking off and skipping classes. Then you start skipping workouts too. And in sports, regularity is important. So learn to exercise without outside moral support. The help of a coach should be enough for you.

Don't ignore planning

Training should be as much a part of your daily routine as taking a shower or going to work. You should plan your schedule so that it always includes some time for physical activity. If you only work out when you have a window to do so, the results will be appropriate.

Find time to recover

Rest is as important an element of staying fit as working out in the gym. Healthy sleep and adequate breaks between workouts can help you recover and even reduce the risk of injury. So pay attention to how you recover and give yourself enough time to rest.

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