Whether you're starting a new exercise regime or have always been physically active, being aware of the most common mistakes people make is important to prevent injuries and further aggravation of muscle or joint pain.
We've highlighted 5 of the most common exercise related mistakes:
1. Not Stretching
Stretching before a workout is important to prevent pulling or straining your muscles. Stretching make your muscles flexible and begins the circulation of oxygen throughout your body. A pulled muscle is not only painful, but will stop you from continuing your routine for several days.
2. Overestimating Strength and Endurance
Many people who begin a new exercise program make the mistake of overestimating their strength and endurance. Starting with weights that are too heavy or doing too many reps can wear your muscles down and bring on pain. Building yourself up to using heavier weights, longer reps, and lengthier cardio should be done gradually overtime to prevent injuries.
3. Doing Too Much
Plan ahead and rotate which muscles you want to target each day rather than spending only a few minutes on multiple muscle groups. Spend enough time working out your target area to fully engage the muscles so you are able to properly build strength and endurance.
Life can get busy, and many people are easily derailed from their regular exercise routine. Attempting to make up for a lack of exercise with more activity than you're used to can be a strain on your body. The longer you go between exercise sessions, the more you'll have to work at building up strength and endurance again.
5. Choosing the Wrong Workout
Every person has their own unique needs and goals when it comes to exercise and you should choose your impact level and routine accordingly. Whether you are recovering from an injury, muscle, or joint pain, or are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, seeking expert advice from a physiotherapist or personal trainer will be beneficial so you can have an individualized workout routine.