In today’s society having a perfect body has become an important self confidence tool. We all want to get in shape and have the perfect lean and muscular body which advertisements show us to be the ideal body image. It is not such a bad thing to try to achieve this as it will help you get fit and stay healthy. But the problem is that a lot of people who try to do this fail miserably. It’s because of one of the following mistakes that most people fail to get in shape and have the body that they dream of. Here are the top 10 mistakes people make when trying to get in shape.
10. Not Working Out Consistently:
The biggest mistake first timers make is to not workout consistently. Working out once or twice a week and missing too many days is not a good idea. Your body only starts building muscles when it realizes that you are having to do a lot of work on a consistent basis. Those who fail to be consistent eventually just give up.
9. Not Eating Enough:
When people start out they think that by working out they’d build muscles and by dieting they’ll lose fat which will lead to the fastest results. But this is not the right way to go. When you start working out properly you need to eat good amount of food to allow for your muscles to grow. Otherwise the body will breakdown the muscles to make up for its energy needs. If you have to lose weight then do it before you begin to lift weights to build muscles.
8. Working Too Hard:
Some people get too motivated and pumped up and end up working too hard. This is a dangerous thing to do. You’ll end up exhausting yourself and break your continuity. You can also seriously injure yourself if you try to do too much too soon. The best idea is to start slow and keep increasing your load steadily.
7. Not Working Hard Enough:
On the other end of the spectrum there are people who don’t workout hard enough. These people will workout consistently and will try to remain in their limits but after a few months they’ll see no progress and lose motivation. What they are doing wrong is not increasing their work load steadily. If you don’t push your muscles beyond their limits they won’t grow.
6. Not Sleeping Enough:
Another rookie mistake is not getting enough rest. When you sleep, that is the time when your muscles build up. If you workout regularly but don’t get 8 hours of sleep daily then your muscles won’t build up and you’ll get exhausted in a few weeks. Regular sleep and rest is an important part of getting in shape.
5. Comparing Yourself to Others:
Never make the mistake of comparing yourself to others, especially those who have been working out a lot longer than you have. Everybody is unique and will see different results so don’t try to compare yourself with others and stick to your own plan. Be patient and persevere and you will start seeing the results you want.
4. Trying to Copy Professionals:
When you are working out in the gym don’t try to copy professional body builders and athletes. The exercises they do are not good for beginners. Beginners need to do compound exercises that cover the whole body or a group of muscles while professionals focus on each muscle individually. Trying to copy them will result in slow progress and possible injuries.
3. Looking for Shortcuts:
When you are starting out it can be a trap to look for fast ways to get what you want. Don’t believe in advertisements that claim to give you six pack abs in 6 weeks. That’s just not possible and it’s not a good idea to get involved with such unrealistic expectations. It only leads to disappointment or worse. Don’t go for supplements and use normal whole foods for your diet.
2. Not Sticking to a Diet:
Exercising and working out is just the half of the process. The rest is controlling your diet. You need to eat healthy and avoid fattening foods. This part is very hard to get used to and a lot of people make the mistake of not sticking to their nutritional plan. This will undo all the good work you have been doing in the gym.
The worst mistake beginners make is to quit. You might not know how many years it will take to build the body you dream of but you can know for sure that if you quit you will never be able to get there. No matter what happens and no matter how slow your progress, remember to never ever quit.