So you’ve decided to embrace a fitter more active life? Congratulations! It’s always a big step when you decide to take the care of your body into your own hands. Fitness can be a hugely rewarding and enjoyable thing, with workouts tailored to just about every person’s individual needs. But when you’re first starting out, some pretty common pitfalls can make exercising difficult, stressful and even downright dangerous!
The last thing you want to do is to take something that’s supposed to be such a positive part of your life and turn into something you dream. Here are just a few common mistakes that people make when they first start exercising so that you can avoid them.
Picking The Wrong Workout
Everybody is different, not only that but every body is different. (Does that make sense?) No two people will get the same effect from a workout. So why do the same workout as someone with a completely different aim and body type? Make sure that you pick a workout that’s right for your body type and fitness level. Don’t let the atmosphere of the gym pressure you into choosing a workout that you’re not ready for. Take your time, go at your own pace and only do what feels comfortable for you.
Wearing The Wrong Gear
This might seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference. Far too many people end up wearing the wrong clothes entirely when they work out. Either they throw on anything to work out in or they care more about how they look than being comfortable. The most important thing you can do is to find breathable materials. You’re going to be working up a lot of body heat while you exercise and breathable material will prevent you from overheating and hurting yourself. Of course, you can still look good while you work out. If you’re cycling, for instance, there are plenty of jerseys for men that allow you to stay comfortable and stylish for your entire workout.
Having Overly High Expectations
Of course, you want to see the effect of your hard work. That’s only natural, and it’s one of the biggest workout motivators you have but don’t expect to double, or half, in size immediately. Exercise takes time.
Your body isn’t just going to suddenly snap into the shape that you want out of nowhere. You need to have patience. If you expect too much too quickly, then you’re just going to end up feeling discouraged, and you’ll probably lose motivation.
One of the most common reasons people give up on exercise, is that they don’t see the results they want quickly enough. As long as you remember that your body’s not going to change completely after your first trip to the gym, it’s going to be that much easier to stay motivated until you really do start seeing a difference.