As a personal trainer, I make sure my female clients never make the following mistakes when venturing on a fitness regimen:
Many women fail to accomplish fitness goals in the gym. If a woman doesn’t know what to do at the gym, then mistakes happen.
These can result in injury, discouragement or abandonment of a well-intentioned exercise routine. Recognize these mistakes ahead of time to sidestep errors at the beginning of training, so that fitness becomes an enjoyable, successful and rewarding long term pursuit.
Mistake 1: Women new to fitness often believe cardiovascular exercise is a cure-all for everything that ails them.
Relying too heavily on cardiovascular routines to get a fitter body or to lose weight will result in burnout and rapid disillusionment with a fitness routine. Cardiovascular exercise does have benefits, including helping promote heart health, longevity and build stamina, but it shouldn’t be overdone.
For you to make the most of a fitness routine, cardiovascular exercise must be combined with strength training to help tone muscles and encourage greater fat burning.
Mistake #2: Women just starting to exercise may not eat enough before working out. Beginners often feel that having a low calorie, low fat diet is the key to losing weight, coupled with plenty of exercise.
Eating too little, however, can send the body into what is known as “starvation mode,” resulting in more fat storage rather than fat loss. The best way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you put into your body.
A healthy, plant-based diet, including balanced caloric intake coupled with exercise, is the best way to lose weight consistently.
A personal trainer, dietician or nutritionist can help determine the proper amount of calories to eat every day while taking into consideration other factors that influence size and shape.
Mistake #3: Women may find exercises that are effective, but then do them too often. While it’s good to perform an exercise that works, doing one exercise repeatedly will result in the body becoming adjusted to that exercise.
As a result, the body will work less hard, resulting in less effort, more boredom and frequent plateauing. Vary workouts to rev up muscles and burn more fat.
Try alternating workouts on different days, incorporating aerobics, Pilates or yoga, swimming and other cardiovascular exercises with strength training. Include free weights and machines to kick your exercise up a notch. Exercise indoors and outdoors so the scenery changes to liven up your routines.