When you watch others work out, there are some common fitness mistakes that you will see over and over. Fitness programs and health do not always go hand and hand. There are many mistakes athletes make and many assumptions that are not correct.
Top ways to avoid Fitness Mistakes:
1: Don’t assume that your fitness program is in the best interest of your health. Regardless of your favorite athletic pursuit it probably does not address all your health concerns. It doesn’t manner whether you are a long distance runner or a racquetball player or weightlifter, there are aspects of health that are not being addressed. Also most fitness programs can put you at risk for overuse injuries.
2: Technique is key to safety. Again whether you are weightlifting, running or hitting a ball, there will be a technique that decreases stress on your joints, tendons and ligaments. Whenever technique is sacrificed to reach a goal, you are putting yourself at risk of injury. Technique and safe movement patterns are absolutely at the top of the heirarchy for safety while exercising.
3: Exercises through pain. Our bodies have developed a complex system to relay pain and warn us when our body is at risk of failing. Too often, athletes “tough it out” or continue to exercise assuming the the pain will fix itself or just go away. You got in this situation by doing what you are currently doing. Change something.
4: Too much volume: Its amazing the amount of training that some people do. It is an error to think that doing that too much training will not have some negative consequences. This is especially true for busy people who try to take shortcuts in their recovery. If you are going to push the amount of volume that you are doing you need to take extra measures (sleep, hydration, nutrition) to make sure that you are recovering.
5: Assuming that stretching will cure all pain. Currently, there are all types of websites, products and practitioners whose sole purpose is to improve people’s mobility. Too often I see people who believe their pain is from a mobility problem when it is actually a stability or volume problem. There is a requisite amount flexibility for any given sport more flexibility is not necessarily better. In fact there are situations and people who actually will get worse with more stretching.
6: Be realistic about your goals. You need to be realistic about your current ability and what you are willing to invest to get where you want to go. How much are you really wiling to invest to achieve your goals? Understand that there may be significant time, monetary and physical sacrifices that may need to be made to reach your goals.
Fitness pursuits add tremendously to people’s quality of life. However, you have to be smart about your approach to fitness and avoid some of these common mistakes. If your fitness program is causing you pain or if you have pain in general contact us at Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness.