The Top Workout Mistakes To Avoid

The Top Workout Mistakes To Avoid
Published Thursday, November 5, 2020
by Feature Staff

Exercise is a fantastic thing to have in your daily routine. It's always enticing to want to burn fat and build strength and muscle. However, it's important to make sure you're always doing it the right way. Making serious mistakes will only work against you. For some top workout mistakes to avoid, read below.

Only Doing the Same Workout

One of the first things you want to avoid when exercising is doing the same workout continuously. After your body becomes used to a specific exercise, it's tempting to want to stick to the same one, in the same order, and the same weight. The problem is that you will stop seeing results if you do this. You need to regularly increase the stimulus and change up your exercises for your body to burn more calories and build muscle. Your muscles will become used to a workout, and they'll realize they don't have to work as hard. This is one of the best reasons for diversifying your workouts. You basically have to confuse your muscles and the rest of your body into working harder.

Pushing Yourself Too Hard

It may seem that pushing your muscles to complete exhaustion is the way to get your muscles to grow larger. This does very little good for your body. When you overwork your muscles, your body experiences a significant amount of stress. Breaking down your body too far can make it harder to recover and properly build muscle mass. This is also a way to risk major injuries. You'll get your muscles to grow the most when you stimulate them. The best way to lift more weight is to start low and slowly increase the amount of weight every couple of weeks. When you add a small amount of weight each time, your muscles can adapt to the stress without experiencing too much shock.

Allowing Too Much Overarching in the Lower Back

During certain exercises like deadlifts and squats, it is okay to round your spine a little, but only in these instances is this considered good form. If you are allowing your back to bend in the lower region too much, you can overstress the joints. Be aware of this action with your back even when pushing weights overhead, as people often tend to overextend that part of the spine to make up for a lack of mobility in their shoulders.

Failing To Use Full Range of Motion

This is one of the top workout mistakes to avoid for two major reasons. When you don't use your body's full range of motion on exercises, you're not only failing to strengthen your body, but you're putting bad stress on your joints. The back squat, for example, requires a person to stay parallel. If you fail to do this, the stress will go to your knees rather than the big muscles that you want to strengthen, such as your hips and glutes. Avoid this mistake by always checking your technique and form.

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