So, you just took up exercise, and you’re already addicted to the adrenaline rush you get every time you workout. Every day you look forward to the calm you feel after a jog, and try as you may, you can’t curb your enthusiasm to lose that extra fat and gain some extra muscle.
While starting your fitness journey can be a lot of fun, it comes with its fair share of warnings. As a beginner, you’re prone to making mistakes that may lead to injury or demotivate you otherwise. Here are 3 mistakes beginner fitness enthusiasts make that you should look out for.
Get Set, Ready, Pre-Workout!
Getting your body into to right physical and mental state for exercise is absolutely crucial not only for your experience of exercise but also for performance, gains, and health. Going to the gym at 3 am in the morning when you’re sleep-deprived isn’t a good idea.
Taking coffee before a workout can, however, make you more energetic and wakeful, allowing you to get more out of the workout. There are Pre-workout supplements with caffeine and other compounds that do things like improve blood circulation and reduce lactic acid accumulation without adding any calories.
Lifestyle guru Nathan Goestenkors recently launched a supplement called “Flare Pre-Workout” with 3 approved active supplements that offer different pre-workout benefits and have been proven to work. I like this one because usually, you’d have to take three different supplements for the effects of this one mix.
Overexertion – Pace Yourself
When I discovered the contentment of running, I started going on 5k runs every single day. I read via different sources that I must only increase my distance gradually from 1k and that I shouldn’t run more than 4 times a day, but that wouldn’t work for me.
I was a determined person, and I wanted to run more. So I did. I ran so much that I started experiencing pains in my legs, and it started getting difficult to sleep while I was already too excited to run the next day again.
But then I realized that by “injury,” people online didn’t mean injury from falling; they meant things like Runner’s Knee and Achilles Tendinitis. Learning about these injuries scared the living daylights out of me, and I realized that I needed to slow down.
Different muscle groups can suffer similar injuries from overexertion. Also, going beyond your body’s ability to repair your muscles won’t do you any good.
Exercise is One-Third the Story
Muscle mass has to come from somewhere. When you exercise, it causes tiny tears in your muscle fibers. Your body uses protein to fill those gaps, and as a result, your muscle mass grows. But this process relies on two factors other than exercise. You have to eat enough protein for your body to make your muscles out of, and you have to get proper sleep to allow your time to fix the tears in your muscles before you exercise the next day.
Here’s a list of Nathan’s links: