What could be more frustrating that exercising day in and day out and not getting the desired results? After spending hours working out honestly, if you don’t see any difference in yourself, you’re sure to be making some big mistakes. Let’s see what they could be:
Omitting warm-ups and cool-downs:
If you have just a few minutes to spare for exercise each day, obviously you will omit the warm-ups and cool down exercises to do just the main ones. But that’s where you go wrong. Your body needs a little time to warm up and cool down when it prepares for the upcoming workout, so you should give that time. Besides, you could avoid any sprains, muscle tears and other injuries by not warming up. All it takes is about 10 minutes, so do a variety of warm-ups, including stretches, so that you’re ready for the session.
Not learning from a certified instructor:
Perhaps you’re new to the gym, or you don’t have anyone around to ask for guidance. Whatever the reason, you suffer from not knowing the importance of good form while exercising. If this means exercising the wrong way round, it could result in endangering your muscles and joints, which in turn, could limit the effect of your exercising. So, learn from a certified instructor and get the most out of your workout time.
You’re overdoing the cardio:
True, cardio can burn up a lot of the calories you want gone, but if you overdo it, it can reduce your strength, and cause muscle atrophy or even fat-loss plateaus. Further, if you’re on a diet and you overdo the cardio, it can affect your muscles. Instead, limit your cardio and concentrate on strength training and prune your diet.
You don’t sleep enough:
If you sleep enough each day, your muscles can have enough time to recover. If you don’t do this, you won’t exercise at full peal and your muscles will feel sore from your efforts of the previous day. Besides, if you sleep well, your stress levels reduce which, in turn, could reduce cortisol levels that balance HGH production with testosterone to metabolize fat. So, get your full quota of sleep, whether six, seven or eight hours.
You exercise on an empty stomach:
Instead of exercising on an entirely empty stomach, experts now advise that you eat a small glucose-rich food or snack. This could be a banana, a few berries or a small portion of low-fat yogurt. Ideally, you should do this about 45 minutes before your workout session. The science behind this is that when you’re on an empty stomach, your body draws on reserves of glycogen from your muscle tissues when it doesn’t have any of its own. This makes you lose muscle instead of building it. Besides, your low blood sugar levels can make you weak and dizzy, so fortify yourself before a workout with a small and nutritious snack.
If you work on the above mistakes, you will be doing most things correctly and will reap the rewards of working out correctly and will get the desired results..