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3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When You Start The Gym

Deciding to lead a healthy lifestyle is probably the most beneficial decision a person can make. Eating right, exercising and kicking any bad habits can make a huge positive impact on your overall quality of life (plus you’ll get a rocking body).

Starting this process is easy too. The internet is rammed full of healthy recipe ideas, workout guides and amazing tips for you to follow. Most being completely free!

Gym memberships also come cheap, with most offering a massive range of equipment for a small monthly price.

If you have decided to sign up to the gym, and begin making a positive change to every aspect of your life there are a few things you should be aware of when starting out.

#1 The Importance of Strength Training

Strength training is wrongly still considered something that only men do when they want to get big and build muscle. Whilst hours of running on a treadmill, or sweating away on a cross trainer might burn a few calories, it’s not going to last long. By incorporating strength training into your fitness program you’ll be increasing levels of muscle, and muscle burns through far more calories meaning the weight will peel off you. Don’t be intimidated by the weights area either, there’s plenty of simple exercises that can be performed for maximum results. If you are interested in starting free weights, check out our article on reasons why you should be training with them!

#2 Starting to Plan Workouts

If you want to achieve goals this is vital. By planning workouts you are setting yourself achievable targets and also knowing exactly what you are aiming for and where you need to be. Planning can be as little as remembering an order of machines and exercises before you go in (don’t forget to factor in a warm up) or following any guides you can find online down to the letter. Whatever you decide to do, that little bit of structure means you will save time and increase performance.

#3 Using Workouts as an Excuse to Eat More

This is very common. People have an absolutely great workout smash their targets and feel great. You get home, open the fridge and are faced with a food you know you shouldn’t be eating. But hey, you’ve just burnt off loads of calories! So you are probably owed a treat right? Wrong. Eating foods like this after a workout can do more harm than good to your fat loss or fitness goals. Your post workout metabolism will be firing, and your body needs the correct nutrients to refuel and recover, not a slice of the weekends chocolate cake. Remember, do not reward yourself with food. You are not a dog. For more information on post workout nutrition, check out this article!

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