Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Avoid Commont Fitness Pitfalls


While exercising isn't complicated, it's very easy to make mistakes. Often times the mistakes are made because of lack of proper technique training or simply due to rushing to get the workout completed. Regardless of the reason for the mistakes, they can lead to injuries or at the very least be counter-productive to your fitness goals.

Of course it's important to know specifically what to do to be successful at meeting your health and fitness goals but it is also crucial to understand what not to do. So take note of the following common mistakes and how to avoid them. These tips will help ensure your workout time is effective and help prevent injuries.

Too Much, Too Soon

Many new exercisers try to lose weight or tone up too quickly, by exercising too frequently or trying exercise programs that are too difficult for their fitness level. Be sure to start with an exercise plan that takes your current fitness regimen (or lack of) into account.

Pie In The Sky Goals

Despite what many advertisers would like you to believe, it's unrealistic to think you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days or that you can have Hollywood abs simply by doing 10 minutes of crunches a day. It's good to set goals but be sure they aren't too aggressive and realize it's okay to periodically re-define them.

Ignoring Expert Advice

It's always advisable to consult your physician before starting an exercise program. Working with a fitness professional is also a good idea so you can learn proper technique, the latest fitness information and learn how to avoid injuries.

Over-Exercising

If you start to feel overwhelmed, neglect important daily activities in order to workout or repeatedly get injured, then it might be due to exercising too frequently. Realize the importance of balance and that more is not always better. Consider reducing the frequency of your workouts or the intensity of some of them and periodically resting for a few days or a week.

Improper Breathing

Sure, breathing is an involuntary bodily function; something that most individuals tend to ignore. But, breathing correctly during fitness sessions is very important. Incorrect breathing can lead to lack of oxygen and even faintness. When working out ensure that you don't breathe too shallowly and try to breathe through the nose and out the mouth.

Selecting The Wrong Size

Choosing the proper weight size when strength training is trickier then it sounds. Lifting weights that are too heavy for you can lead to improper form and ultimately to injuries. Use weights that are too light and the exercise session can be ineffective. If possible consult a fitness trainer to determine the correct amount of weight for your size, strength and goals. A trainer can also help you develop a plan for safely progressing forward on weight sizes.

Not Staying Hydrated

Drinking enough water on a daily basis is important. When you exercise you need to consume even more water. You should drink 16 ounces for every hour of exercise you complete. Plus you should try to consume 1-2 cups of water about 30 minutes before you begin working out.

Eating Too Little

No, that's not a typo. Not eating enough can be as detrimental as eating too much. When the body is not fed consistently, it goes into a starvation mode. Five to six smaller meals evenly spaced throughout the day helps keep the metabolism running smoothly. Just be sure to control portion size.

Hanging Out Instead Of Working Out

Just showing up at the gym is not going to help you get more fit. Socializing while leaning on a weight machine won't build muscles. It's important to enjoy your exercise time but make sure that the focus remains on physical activity.

Fixating On The Scale

If you think the scale doesn't lie, consider this. Many professional athletes would be considered obese based on their weight alone. Look at the bigger and more relevant picture. Monitor your body fat percentage, if possible. Otherwise track measurements. Also don't underestimate the importance of improved physical and mental well-being.

About The Author

Lynn Bode is a certified personal trainer specializing in Internet-based fitness programs. She founded Workouts For You, which provides affordable online exercise programs that are custom designed for each individual. Visit: http://www.workoutsforyou.com for a free sample workout and to sign-up for their monthly fitness newsletter. Fitness professionals take your business online, visit: http://www.trainerforce.com


MORE RESOURCES:

The Inquisitr

New Year's Resolution Weight Loss: Review, Reboot, And Get Back On Track
The Inquisitr
Even celebrities fall into the category of those striving for weight loss and optimal health in the new year. Elizabeth Hurley reportedly resolved to focus on eating for health and exercising more. Real Housewives ofNew Jersey fire cracker Teresa ...



My Super Bowl Victory in Weight Loss
Huffington Post
Exactly 2 months ago today, Dr Derek Weiss of Bluegrass Bariatric in Lexington performed gastric sleeve weight loss surgery on me at Georgetown Community Hospital. This is part of my business plan upcoming book (released in August) called Project 199, ...



Fox News

Unpleasantly plump? Try these 11 natural weight-loss tips
Fox News
Grab your tape measure: If your waist size is greater than 35 inches (40 for men) you're at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. (To get the right number, measure around your belly button just above your hip bones.) Though “pleasantly ...
The Doctor Is In: Obesity and Weight LossKIII TV3
Doctors Told To Watch Your WeightSouth Asia Mail

all 4 news articles »


11 Solutions for Your Weight Loss Challenges
Huffington Post
I rounded up the obstacles to weight loss I hear about most often and share my solutions for each below. But let me start with this: You are not fighting this weight loss battle alone. Lots of people share similar struggles, and I am here for you! Here ...



Doctor Studies Link Between Reading and Weight Loss
TWC News
All month long, Time Warner Cable News is devoting special coverage to the issue of keeping kids fit with our Fit Kids February initiative. Today, we're re-examining a 2008 study from Duke that found a link between children reading and fighting obesity.

and more »


/Bariatric Support Group: The Truth About Weight Loss Plateaus | February 17 ...
Sioux City Journal
Meet with others who have had weight loss surgery or who are researching surgical options. These meetings are educational and supportive. Come share your experience with others in a fun and exciting environment. It is an excellent opportunity to learn ...



Life & Style Weekly

Melissa McCarthy Continues to Show Off Her Weight Loss — See the Latest Pic!
Life & Style Weekly
Along with completing the 100th episode of her CBS sitcom 'Mike & Molly,' the 'Bridesmaids' actress continues to show off her impressive weight loss. Melissa, 44, and co-star, Billy Gardell, 45, celebrated their show's milestone at the Cicada ...

and more »


EXIT STRATEGY: Weightloss Springs Eternal
Aurora Sentinel
Not all of us, I guess. But you can put money on the fact that the bulk of us with excess bulk are confident that one day, usually starting tomorrow, we will finally shun glazed cashews and apple fritters and be down to swimming-suit weight by the next ...



Dr. Oz Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan Quick Guide
eMaxHealth
Are you curious about the Dr. Oz Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan diet, but just don't have the time to sit through the videos to figure out if this is the right diet for you? Well here is a quick guide on his diet plan that will help you determine if ...

and more »


6abc.com

Weight Loss Program Email Sparks Outrage At Local College
CBS Local
BRYN MAWR, Pa., (CBS) — Targeted for their weight. Students at Bryn Mawr College were asked to enroll in a weight loss program based on their body mass index. The health center used its records to identify students with higher BMIs and in an email ...
Bryn Mawr College weight loss e-mail sparking controversy6abc.com
Bryn Mawr Health Center Helpfully Emails Students Weight Loss TipsJezebel
American university apologises for targeting obese students with weight-loss ...The Independent
Main Line -WILX-TV -Bustle
all 102 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.