New Year’s resolutions typically include some type of fitness goal: drop 10 pounds, tone up, workout six times a day. As a result, gym memberships surge and we hone in on our fitness goals with great promise to be in the best shape of our lives.
This year was no different, until of course, the pandemic. Gyms closed, motivation became slim and we invested in YouTube workouts, yoga mats, dumbbells, jump ropes and other home equipment. And really, we had no other choice.
Being responsible for your own fitness, sans a gym, is the most cost effective way to getting healthy. But it also comes with a learning curve. Not knowing what to do can cause prolonged injuries, muscle strain or worse. Below we’ve listed out the most common at-home fitness mistakes. Do your best to avoid these.
A Workout Schedule That Is the Same or Not Consistent
To optimize results, your workout should vary and target all muscle groups. The key is to not get your body too comfortable and to constantly challenge it. For example: you can do three full body workouts and two specific muscle workouts a week. Always mix it up and you’ll always have results.
Avoiding Rest Days
Recovery is an essential part of your training. Proper sleep, protein, water, stretching, foam rolling are key to getting a strong body. To be clear, a rest day isn’t laying all day in your bed – it’s taking a long leisure walk or an hour stretch class to relax the muscles.
Fitness is nothing without diet. You could workout all the time but if you ignore what you’re consuming or consume junk food only, you are defeating the purpose.
Skipping the Warm-Up
So many people skip warm-ups and after workout stretches. This is bad because the blood needs to flow to your body before and after putting stress on it.
Quantity Over Quality
Rushing through workouts to make sure you have a certain amount of workouts per week is the wrong way to go about this. Injuries can come from overdoing it or exercising too much. Focus on form instead of doing the most pushups you possibly can.
And here’s our lazy guys’ guide to getting in shape if you need somewhere to start.