Are you working really hard to gain that picture-perfect physique? If you’re putting in the time and efforts to train, make sure that you’re getting the most out of that session and not getting injured in the process. Bad fitness habits tend to sneak up on you and before you even realize you end up putting in twice the efforts and not getting the desired results.
These habits not only compromise your ability to get the most out of your workout but also prove to be harmful to your health. Correcting these habits becomes easier once you have identified the problem. Inculcating healthy fitness habits is also an important part of your coaching as it prevents physical injuries and improves your muscle strength.
Here are a few bad fitness habits you need to break to ensure your workout is safe and effective:
Bad Habit #1: Stretching Improperly
Stretching one muscle at a time every day before training is essential to ensure a pain-free workout. This is because stretching loosens up your body and eases the flow of blood to the muscles in your arms and legs. To warm up the right way, perform 5-10 minutes of cardio like jogging, jumping jacks or butt kicks before beginning your workout. If you experience pain in the knee or shoulder while stretching, visit a Physical Therapist (PT) to identify and treat the cause of your discomfort.
Bad Habit #2: Avoiding Strength Training
Strength training is usually ignored by a majority of women due to the fear of getting ‘bulky.' This is nothing but a myth. The only reason why anyone gets bulky while working out simultaneously is the intake of a tremendous amount of calories. This is especially true in the case of women as their hormonal structure is quite different from men. So, make sure you add resilient strength training to your routine as it helps in maintaining a lean body and building bone intensity. If you have a difficulty while practicing this routine, try activity specific training under the guidance of our certified physiotherapists.
Bad Habit #3: Not Working On The Core
Whether it’s your abs, your thighs or your arms, everybody has their own trouble areas. It’s good to work on these spots but solely working on them can lead to a lack of balance in the physique. Always make sure you train your entire body so that no specific area gets all the energy and attention. Core strengthening is an effective way to ensure your body gets fitter and your spine stronger. It also helps in improving balance and increases your stamina. Consult a PT to plan an exercise routine focused on core strengthening.
Bad Habit #4: Going Hungry
Hitting the gym on an empty stomach is never a good idea. This is because as the intensity of your workout rises, your body’s blood-sugar level run low giving rise to health issues like dizziness or sluggishness. To get the most out of your routine training, eat a healthy meal prior to your workout. Keep a stash of healthy snack bars handy to ensure a stress-free routine.
These were some of the most common bad fitness mistakes you need to break for a healthier and fitter workout regime. If you still experience constant pain while working out, consult our physiotherapy experts today.