It’s easy to fall into the thinking trap of “as long as I’m doing something physical, it counts as exercise”. But, not all exercise is created equal. If we aren’t careful, bad habits can develop, eventually leading to injury. To get the most out of your exercise routine, keep an eye out for these
3 Common Exercise Mistakes
1. Zoning out/Not focusing on the workout
Mistake: We all have too much on our plates. Stress caused by work, family, kids, friends and life in general can easily steal our attention from focusing on the task at hand. This is a surefire way to hurt yourself. Another pitfall of not focusing on your workout is the fact that you will get less out of your workout. With our limited time, “time is money”!
Fix: Take a deep breath and engage. Being engaged with the task at hand allows you to notice when you’ve made jumps in fitness, which can be motivating.
2. Doing the same workout(s) day after day
Mistake: While you may find comfort in consistency, doing the same routine or type of exercise will lead to faster plateaus and boredom. Boredom will increase your likely hood to quit.
Fix: Add variation to your routine. Try a new class, focus on different muscles, run a different route. Not only can greater variety in your exercise schedule generate better all-around fitness, but it also helps keep your mind engaged (see number 1)
3. Not varying the intensity
Mistake: Studies show that the fastest and biggest fitness gains result from workouts with varied intensities – especially those with high intensity interval training.
Fix: Myfitnesspal.com suggests “Mixing up your intensity level is simply about upping the ante in certain workouts to work different energy systems. If you’re a fan of training on the elliptical, for instance, you might do one day at an easy pace for 30 minutes and another day you could do an interval workout alternating between 1 minute at a harder pace and 2 minutes at an easy pace.”
Want an easy fix to all 3 common workout mistakes? Workout with any or all of Fire Eye Fitness classes. The whole workout is based upon varying intensities and the curriculum is never the same, both of which keeps your mind engaged!
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