6 workout mistakes a trainer wants you to stop making NOW!

An exercise regime puts you on the path to good health. But workout mistakes can ruin the game for you. Here's what to avoid.
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Know how to workout right. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Sanjiti Bansal Updated: 14 Jul 2022, 10:27 am IST
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The emphasis on the importance of everyday workout is becoming more pronounced day by day. In the 21st century, sedentary lifestyles have become the biggest enemy of health. However, as people are gradually becoming more conscious about their wellness, there’s a need to also understand how to practice healthy living the right way. While exercise forms an inevitable part of it, one must know how to avoid workout mistakes.

When it comes to food, we’re often told how everything is good in moderation. The same applies for a workout sesh. Going overboard or pushing your body way beyond its limits can also have its side effects.

Fitness trainer Miten Kakaiya highlighted some such common workout mistakes that people tend to do, via and Instagram post.

Workout mistakes that you must avoid
Know your body’s limits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Workout mistakes to avoid to make your exercise routine more effective

1. Skipping warm-up:

Our muscles receive more blood after a warm-up routine. Its goal is to raise core and muscular temperatures in order to prevent injury. The range of motion is also increased by a proper set of warm-up exercises. Without it, we could put undue pressure on our hearts and lungs and run the danger of harm.

2. Skipping cool-down post workout:

The same thing happens when we don’t cool down after an exercise. Reduce the body’s temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate until they return to normal to lower your risk of fainting and vertigo. Additionally, cool-down exercises enable the muscles to relax and stretch.

Cool down exercises are important
Stretch a little after a workout session to cool down and relax your muscles. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Over-training:

If you engage in over-training, the body will show side effects. Increased heart rate, decreased appetite, and unexplained weight loss are some effects of over-training. Additionally, a feeling of excessive thirst may keep your sleep disturbed at night.

4. Incorrect form:

Poor form indicates that the body is not properly positioned. This puts undue strain on our tendons and joints, which might cause damage and pain that lowers our quality of life. You may have heard of folks complaining about knee discomfort or injury after exercising.

In fact have you checked out this Do It Right series by Health Shots?

Rest during workout routine
Don’t underestimate the importance of rest in between your workout sessions. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Short rest periods:

In contrast to extensive rest times, shorter rest intervals reduce physical performance during following sets. Over the course of many weeks, it limits maximal strength gains. Know how much exercise is enough or too much in a day.

6. Cardio overload:

Performing cardio excessively has the ability to put your body in a catabolic state. This could end up burning hard-earned muscle. In addition to reducing strength, losing muscle also causes a slowdown in metabolism. You won’t be able to burn fat if your metabolism slows down too much.


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