There are so many mistakes people make when approaching their personal fitness. The first step is NOT to dress like this woman. HA! HA! Otherwise, here are some ideas of what to avoid when it comes to fitness.
Having no variety
Doing the same workout week in and out can lead to fitness plateaus, boredom and overuse strain or injury. On top of that, you won’t make the progress that you hope for. Mix up your activities. Ideally, have a weekly routine that includes strength training and cardio, as well as something for flexibility like yoga or pilates.
Doing all or nothing
I used to fall into this rut when I was pressed for time. Not having a full 30-60 minutes to exercise is no reason to skip your workout. Even 10 minutes of exercise is beneficial.
Setting unrealistic goals
Impractical goals can lead to exercise dropout, or possible injury. Set a small goal along your fitness journey and ‘celebrate’ as you meet each one.
Not warming up
Before every workout, warm up by using the movements you’ll be doing in the workout. Move all joints in their range of motion to help avoid injury.
Not cooling down
Allow your body to recover gradually by doing your warm-up in reverse, gradually slowing your pace. Spending a few minutes at the end of your workout with some gentle stretching will aid in increasing your flexibility.