The world of fitness is fraught with… everything.
Are my leggings see through when I squat? Will this exercise result in my knees being replaced? What is my escape plan when this bench-press crushes me?
And my responses to these are: don’t worry about it, maybe, actually no idea.
What I do have an idea about are the most common fitness mistakes that I have seen over the span of my career. The kinds of mistakes that are the difference between achieving the results you are seeking or not.
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The good news is that the below mistakes can be easily fixed and implemented right now.
The better news is that these fixes can be applied to any form of fitness regime you are currently undertaking, whether it’s your own home workout or working out at the gym.
So if you are sweating your little patootie off and achieving nada, you might be making these fitness mistakes:
1. Not having a specific goal.
How will you know if you are succeeding with your fitness regime if you don’t actually know what you are trying to achieve?
Your goal can be super simple: do my usual walk around the lake in under one hour, do a push-up all the way to the ground on my toes, complete a full group fitness class – anything you can measure.
It’s like that time I was travelling in Europe and I hopped on a random tram in Nice hoping it would take me back to my accommodation without actually knowing the location of my accommodation (don’t ask).
I was on a mode of transport that would theoretically get me to a destination, I just didn’t know exactly where that destination was. Do you see what I’m getting at? Also never ask me for directions. I digress…
2. Not measuring your goals.
The above process of articulating your goals (not necessarily getting on random trams in foreign countries) is not the be all and end all – you need to make the effort to semi-regularly measure yourself against said goals.