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Important Exercise Mistakes to Avoid

9th March 2023

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Exercising is an important part of staying fit and healthy, with many people adding it into their day from busy mums and dads to corporate business owners. However, there are several important exercise mistakes that you should avoid if you want to be healthy, injury-free and your best self for your family. Here is what you need to know.  

What exercise mistakes should you avoid?

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Lifting too much weight 

A common mistake that many people make is overdoing it by lifting weights that are too heavy. A lot of people who work out find themselves becoming very competitive and will always look to see if they can beat their last personal best, whether by doing an extra repetition or adding a little extra weight. While this is how progress is made, you will just need to be careful that you are not exceeding a safe limit, because even if you are able to lift the weight you have set, it might be causing hidden damage, or you might give yourself a slow onset injury. 

Using the wrong techniques 

This mistake is seen more in newcomers when it comes to exercising, but it is still something to be aware of no matter how long you have been into fitness and working out. For example, if you decide to do an exercise that you saw on Instagram or someone else in the gym doing the exercise, without learning the correct way of doing it, then you are opening yourself up to an injury or accident.

Sometimes the techniques that are used cannot be seen visually, and you may need a little more guidance when attempting the exercise. So, if you are unsure about any techniques you use it is advisable to check with a qualified or knowledgeable person to make sure that you are doing the exercise correctly, and safely. 

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Not warming up or down 

To help save time it is common to see people not paying enough attention to warming up or warming down their bodies before and after exercising. Not only will this have the potential of causing pain during and after your exercise, but it will also hinder the healing and muscle growth process. Not to mention that an important part of warming up and warming down is to help reduce the likelihood of causing an injury during your session.

Warming up and down need only take a few minutes before and after your exercises and will save you a lot of discomfort. 

Eating or drinking too much before exercising  

Another common exercising mistake that can happen when it comes to rushing into doing your exercises is eating or drinking too much prior to working out. You need to be hydrated and have the right amount of energy to complete your exercises, but you should be aware of how much you are consuming, and how close your exercise session is to when you are eating and drinking. If you can, only have a small amount of food and focus instead on your hydration levels. 

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Most mistakes that are made when it comes to exercising often lead to an injury. If you are unlucky enough to experience this, then visiting a Physiotherapist Service might be of help to you and your recovery.