Did you start a new workout program in 2014? If you’re like many Americans, you began the new year with a new commitment to exercise and a eat better diet. But in order to keep your plan on track, you need to stay healthy. Try to avoid these workout mistakes to keep your program on track.
3 Common Workout Mistakes to Avoid
- Doing too much too soon. We are often enthusiastic when we start a new exercise program. That excitement can lead to injury if you do too much too soon. If you are new to exercise, try to do a moderate workout (like walking or swimming) 2-3 times during the week. Try to move continuously for 20-30 minutes and gradually increase the duration of your sessions.
- Eating too many calories. It’s easy to justify that extra dessert or that extra serving of mashed potatoes if you have exercised during the day. But if your goal is weight loss, remember that you need to end the day with a calorie deficit. Your exercise session probably won’t burn enough calories to account for your extra indulgence. A 30 minute walk on the treadmill, for example, only burns about 130 calories. A brownie contains 400 calories.
- Not asking for help . Your workout will be more effective if you exercise at the correct intensity and incorporate a few strength and flexibility exercises. If you don’t know what exercises to do, ask for help! Check out the exercise videos at North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss to learn about different ways to exercise at home. Or ask your physician for a referral to see an expert at the Institute for Athletic Medicine.