5 Fitness Mistakes Beginners Make
May 11, 2017
May 11, 2017
When starting your fitness journey everyone tends to have similar goals. These are usually improved health and strength, improved body composition, and better confidence in yourself. However there seems to be a lot of mistakes commonly made by people starting off. So let this guide help you make a great start.
- You don’t have a plan
Most people just get so motivated and excited about making changes they forget to actually plan anything. Planning tends to go as far as deciding to change, joining a gym, and going. There is rarely proper goal setting, or a set gym and nutrition plan to follow. This is still a start and better than nothing, but without a plan in place you eventually lose that motivation that got you started. This is why so many people start and stop. There is a distinct lack of focus and you just go through the motions.
The solution here is to create a plan before you start. Why are you going to the gym, what do you want to achieve, what time frame would you like to achieve this in, Set big goals, but also break that down into smaller achievable goals and create action points around those goals. Once you have a plan to follow, this can really help keep the motivation flowing.
2. You overthink things
This is an important point. There so much information out there on the best way to be healthy. Theres literally endless amounts of information on the internet yet people struggle to take action. What happens here is called paralysis by analysis. This is basically there are too many different options to choose from so you make no choice at all. Its not surprising, ever week you have a different health professional or magazine saying follow this plan or only eat this food, its exhausting. Want to know the big secret? ALL THE PLANS WORK. Every plan out there works to some extent.
So the solution here is to pick a form of exercise you like. Follow a nutrition plan you can sustain. And have fun wile doing it.
3. You jump from fad to fad.
Now this one happens all too regularly. A new detox shake pops up, promises you will lose 10 pounds in 2 days and feel amazing, and it just costs 150 euro for the 10 days. DON’T FALL FOR THIS. A simple thing to remember is if its offering crazy results that seem too good to be true, then it most likely is. If you lose it fast, it wont last. Of all the shakes, pills, and teas, none of it is healthy, and none of it actually works. There is literally no substitution for healthy eating and exercise.
So ignore the fads and a great way to know they’re a load of bull is if your friend is suddenly selling them part time and making a full time income. PM me for more info hun xoxo
4. You change too much too soon
Everyone does this at some point. You get excited about making progress so you cut out carbs or other food groups. You go gluten free, vegan, dust only, you basically go to extremes. The problem here is this will create changes in your body, but its not sustainable. You will feel great at first, “look at me taking action and sticking to it”, but you will eventually crash and have the mother of all binges. Then you will self loath for a few days before starting fresh again on Monday. Cutting out carbs is not what works. Cutting out any food is not what works. No food is bad. Its a reduction in calories that works. There is no magic plan, in the end of the day every single plan comes down to reducing calories.
The solution here is to create some small, sustainable habit changes, that allows for bigger changes down the line. If its sustainable you will keep it up.
5. You’re not recording anything
Now most people leave this part out, but its so important. How do you know what to change if you don’t know what your starting point is. Most people mindlessly eat junk food without even realising they’re doing it. When you start recording everything it allows to to recognise your bad habits and give you a much stronger start point around what small changes you can make.
Start keeping a food and exercise journal. Write down all foods you eat and all drinks too. And be totally honest. If you leave foods out for fear of judgement then you’re just kidding yourself. Be honest with yourself and take ownership of the fact that you’re eating more than you need.
Theres a lot more i could add to this list, but I’ve probably already lost your attention so ill leave it there. You don’t have to go it alone. Rope in a friend or partner or family member to follow the health journey with. If you have someone it really helps as you can motivate each other. The other option is to join a fun encouraging fitness group or get a personal trainer. And my group just happens to be the most fun and encouraging group in the city. Total shameless plug there. I offer free trials of my groups so if you would like to try it you can fill in your details on this site for a free trial. Just see the sign up at the bottom of the page or on the home page, leave your details and i will contact you.