Using other people’s mistakes, experience and knowledge is something that must not be overlooked when it comes to health and fitness.
There have been fit and healthy people decades before us… and although modern science progresses at a rapid rate that can give great insight, there are certain practical skills, approaches and information that will never change.
Basics are often overlooked and new trends become what people focus on.
Mainstream fitness and health articles focus on what people will click on in the search for a quick-fix or a short cut! 🙄
It’s in our nature to want to put in minimal effort to attain maximal results.
With the right guided information, you can in fact create a shortcut and a straight line to where you would like to be.
Do this by avoiding mistakes and common missteps.
Someone else has made these mistakes before, so you don’t have to!
Here are 5 common health and fitness mistakes:
- Focusing on the “HOW” or the method rather than the outcome or bigger picture: It’s easy to get swept up in the latest research or method on what something can do. You might know how to do something or execute a result, but that doesn’t mean you will do it.
- Trying to out train a bad diet or make up for a blow out. Putting too much or poor quality foods into your system can’t be fixed by just doing more exercise. Increasing training load creates more stress on your entire body and if you’re not getting adequate key nutrients then recovery is compromised, injury risk increases and overall health goes down. The limiting factor with training is how well you can recover (unless you’re taking steroids). If you are over-training and under-eating then it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong.
- Doing the same thing and expecting different results. Everyone is an accumulation of decisions, activities and foods we have consumed in the past whether we like it or not. What you did yesterday has a bearing on your day today. If you are exercising and staying the same (not always a bad thing) then rethinking and changing your approach might be an idea, if you’re looking to improve.
- Skipping assessments. Use data to measure what you’re trying to improve. All too often people embark on a new supplement, diet or training method without assessing a start point or an end point. How do you know if it actually works?
- Seeking advice from unqualified people or companies/individuals that are commercially aligned. If your trainer or coach is telling you to take exogenous hormones or fat burners then run for the hills!! Always question the person who is trying to get you to buy or take something. Are they just trying to make a sale?
Let us know what fitness mistakes you have made and what important ones from this list? Comment below or contact us here.
Also remember making mistakes isn’t always a bad thing… As long as you learn from them 😃