When you are looking to start anything new, there is a very steep learning curve afoot. As you start on a brand new journey, there is a lot to learn about what is good for you, and your individual needs. Of course, with a new exercise regime, especially when you haven’t embarked on one before, can be a learning curve of the steepest variety. Because we are now being told that we have to get fit, or face the consequences, so many of us are being forced into starting a new regime without any prior knowledge. As a result, you could end up injuring yourself, or you could end up taking on too much, and as a result, you will struggle to keep the momentum going. So what is it that most people get wrong about a new fitness regime, and how can you change these?

Thinking We Have To Exercise 7 Days A Week

This is the most common misconception. If you go to the gym more, you will naturally get stronger, and therefore you will lose more weight, and so you will be healthier. This isn’t a correlation that is necessarily true. Depending on your specific goals, this will impact on your amount of time in the gym. The one reason that exercising seven days a week isn’t the most productive is because it doesn’t give your body the opportunity to rest and recover. When you first start out a strict exercise regime, the first thing any fitness trainer will tell you to do is focus on your phone. The reason you need to focus on your form is because you are going to be using this as the baseline for the rest of your workouts. If you have poor form, for example, if you lift a weight incorrectly, this is just going to encourage you to cheat as far as certain moves are concerned, but if you lift with poor form over a long period of time, you could be causing yourself considerable damage.

Not Setting Appropriate Goals

This happens way more than you think. Either we set our beginner’s goals too vaguely, such as “wanting a six pack” or we exercise aimlessly, without any sense of structure. When you start out, it is imperative that you set an appropriate and manageable goal. Long-term goals are healthy, but in the here and now, when you are starting out, it’s better for you to set smaller goals. From being able to do 10 reps of a specific weight, or even to lose a manageable amount of weight in a healthy manner. There are so many crash diets and high intensity training regimes out there that encourages you to lose an unhealthy amount of weight in a quicktime, that this could have a dangerous impact on your body. In addition to this, some people don’t incorporate healthy doses of encouragement around them. One of the main reasons people give up so quickly is that there is no encouragement around them. One of the ways to do this is to surround yourself with the right people, but also, to measure your progress. Getting something like a Fitbit is a simple way to measure how many steps you are taking, and, over time, you can see how much you’ve built up. If you don’t have a Fitbit, you can learn more about the variations when you have the opportunity. In setting appropriate goals, the best way to do it is to set one a few weeks from now, and gradually push the boat out with each new goal. That way, it keeps you focused, meaning that you haven’t set the bar too high, and so you won’t be tempted to give up.

Exercising To The Detriment Of The Rest Of Your Life

This comes back to the misunderstanding that you need to exercise 7 days a week. While you hear expressions like “pushing for the burn” all the time, a lot of people who have started an exercise routine feel that they need to be constantly aching. This isn’t actually true. And it comes from bodybuilders from 100 years ago who thought that to gain any huge amount of muscle, they have to be constantly putting their body under extreme tension. The big problem with this is that if you constantly do this, there could be a point where you tire yourself out so much that you compromise your form. Nobody wants to walk around feeling achy every day, but many think that they’re doing this for their overall health. You should expect to feel achy for a couple of days after an intense exercise routine, but if you are doing this too much, it’s time to step back a little bit. Also, exercising 3 or 4 times a week should be more than enough, and each exercise session should be roughly 45 minutes. That is all you need to put on muscle, so don’t let it affect the rest of your life.

Using Other People As Benchmarks

Thanks to unrealistic expectations, we look at hollywood mega stars and feel that we need to look like then. This is completely impossible for the average Joe. We don’t have the money to hire a personal trainer, nor the time, and we don’t have a million dollar paycheck as an incentive. When trying to implement a good quality exercise routine into your life, it’s about harnessing strength from the inside. Listen to your body when you need to rest, but also use yourself as a benchmark. Measuring your progress and seeing how much you’ve changed from a few months ago should be inspiration enough to keep you going.

Exercise and a healthy way of living is all about making effective lifestyle choices. It’s a constant journey, so if you are looking to incorporate an exercise regime into your life, make it a part of your lifestyle, and not a temporary measure to get the body you’ve always wanted, only to give up afterwards. This is why people give up their exercise routines, and gym membership fees go to waste. Look at your life, and consider yourself a work in progress, and this will be part of the key in developing an exercise regime that suits your life, your calendar, and your overall well-being.