Hitting the gym or starting a new fitness routine is an exciting journey and nobody understands it better than us. However, it's important to control the initial excitement and to start your journey towards being a healthier you well in advance. In today's blog, we'll take a look at some of the most common mistakes committed by fitness enthusiasts.
Overdoing it from the get-go:
For many, fitness is a way of life, and starting this journey is truly exciting. However, most, if not all the fitness enthusiasts start pushing too much way too soon. For example, a gym newbie should spend his time correcting his form and getting a well-spaced and planned workout regime in place, rather than working out for hours at a stretch.
Overdependence on supplements:
The word supplements mean a thing added to something else. Your primary focus should be on your nutrition and getting your proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats from whole foods first. Only and only when you have this dialed in should you consider investing in supplements. Also, overdependence on supplements is definitely not recommended and supplements should only add that 10% extra to an already dialed-in diet.
Not focusing on your sleep:
Your body doesn't build muscles when you're working out. It builds muscles when you sleep and not getting sufficient sleep means that you aren't giving your body sufficient time to rest and recover. Moreover, lack of sleep causes a rise in cortisol levels that's conducive to muscle building and also opens up the risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack.
Watching your hydration:
A well dialed-in diet must also include well-planned hydration. According to medical science, no sooner you start feeling thirsty, your body is already dehydrated and is sending signals to your brain triggering a thirst response. If you're a fitness enthusiast, then you must also know that a well-hydrated muscle recovers and grows faster.
Being obsessed with fitness:
A normal workout session should be just 1 hour a day, which is a little over 4% of your day. Checking your weight, body-fat levels, waistline regularly will not just prove to be counterproductive, but if you have set unrealistic goals for yourself, then chances are that you'll fall short of them and will be left disappointed. Once you're out of the gym or are done cycling, swimming, jogging, etc. it must end there. You have the remaining 23 hours in the day to live.
We hope that the blog has helped you get some clarity and a sense of direction in your journey towards being a healthier you.