If you’re going to get off the couch to do something, you might as well get the most out of what you’re going to do… right?
There are many objectives for exercising… from de-stressing, losing weight, toning up, training for a special event, feeling healthier, happier, younger , have a sense of general wellbeing…
But, unless you’re training for a specific body building or endurance event, the main objective of exercising is to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. This is called Functional Training.
So, the number one goal we should all have with an exercise program is to prevent injury. This comes before any goal of fat loss, weight loss, muscle building, or performance enhancement. If you get hurt, then none of those goals even matter because you can’t train.
So, I thought of giving you 5 mistakes we need to avoid while exercising in order to prevent injury:
1) Long Cardio Workouts
It’s true that we need to do cardio if we want to lose weight and burn fat…BUT we need to alternate different trainings. Spending hours on the treadmill or on the step machine won’t take us very far. Longer workouts do NOT equal better or faster results.
When it comes to getting lean and fit, our body responds to quality over quantity.
My favourite way is to mix weight and resistance training with cardio. And, no, if you’ve been avoiding the weight room (or using light weights) for fear of bulking up, you’re missing out on your body’s most efficient fat-burner…muscle.
Lifting weights will NOT make you bulky. Women’s body doesn’t produce enough testosterone to stimulate large, bulky muscle growth.
Full-body exercises are the biggest metabolic boosters to get slim, toned and fit.
2) Isolated Exercises
Isolated exercises are useful if you’ve had an injury and you need to strengthen a specific muscle. If you want to build lean muscle and burn fat, you need to perform exercises that stimulate as many muscles as possible at the same time.
3) Working out with machines only
Machines can alter the way our body naturally moves and restrict our range of motion. This limits our ability to fully activate all of your muscles fibers — that means less fat burning and less muscle definition. Machines can also cause excessive strain on our joints, leading to injuries down the road.
If we want fast results, we must incorporate exercises that allow our body to move naturally with a full range of motion so we can skyrocket our metabolism and tone our entire body.
4) Focusing on crunches & sit-ups to get a 6-pack
Traditional ab exercises like crunches and sit-ups won’t give us a six pack. The key to getting sculpted abs is to burn off that stubborn layer of belly fat. And that’s mainly done in the kitchen! Yes, “Abs are made in the kitchen!”
Crunches and sit-ups are isolated exercises that can cause lower back injuries by forcing our spine to flex too much. We must remember that the role of our abdominal muscles is to prevent our mid-section from crunching, twisting, and bending. So our abs are a stabilizing force designed to resist movement and protect your spine.
5) Repeating The Same Workouts Over & Over
Have you noticed how repeating the same workouts over and over stop us from getting the results we want leading us to a plateau? When it comes to our workouts, if we want to keep making progress and keep seeing changes in your body, we’ve got to start switching things up.
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