Things to know before working out
Working out is a great way of keeping yourself fit and healthy. It is a very fun and interesting process that you will enjoy for sure!
There are a lot of people that don’t like to work out at all. Many people start working out; most of them give up after some time, but very few stick to it.
One of the main reasons that these people quit is because they might have made certain mistakes.
There are few important things to know before working out so that it will help you avoid mistakes in your workouts as a beginner.
Things To Know Before Working Out
When we start working out unknowingly, we tend to make some mistakes.
Even though I had made these mistakes when I started, I learned from them, and here I am helping you avoid them.
Following are some mistakes and important things to know Before working out:
1. Never Skip Warm-ups
Okay, let’s admit it, when you started working out, you skipped warm-ups and just went with your workouts straight ahead, isn’t it?
Well, I did this for quite some time and started warming up after getting an injury myself.
So you see, warming up your body before doing all the main work is essential.
This habit can prevent injuries and will help you a lot in the long run.
Warm-up, as its name suggests, is warming up, which is preparing your body with light exercises and stretches before doing your actual workout.
If you warm up your body prior to your workouts, your body will be ready to do different kinds of moments without giving you any injuries.
2. Always Cool Down After Workout
Warm-ups before your workouts and cool down after is a must thing to do.
Cooling down after doing a workout is as important as doing a warm-up before your workout.
Just like how you warm up before working out, doing some stretches and resting after work out is what you can call a cool down.
Many people don’t do cool down and never consider it as important, but it is quite an important step that has to be done.
After your body has gone through all these heavy exercises, it needs rest. Before that, doing some stretches would ease your muscles that had been teared up due to all the exercising and work you have done.
When you work out, your muscles tear, due to which it becomes more strong and get used to all the exercising.
Hence, it would be best to stretch after working out to prevent stiffness and soreness in your muscles.
Also, after performing an exercise, our heart rate is very high, and we must bring it down to its natural rhythm.
So deep breathing and resting or doing some resting yoga poses eventually bring down our heart rate spontaneously.
3. Avoid Focusing On Only Certain Body Parts
I know that we all just want our belly fat to go away after doing these intense abs or belly fat-reducing exercises!
But you need to understand that our body doesn’t work that way. You can’t just focus on one body part and only do workouts related to that and wish it to work.
You should think of your body as a whole while planning your workouts.
Even if you want to enhance a certain body part, then focus on that part more, but you need to consider your whole body.
Let’s say you have to lose your belly fat and love handles. Accordingly, you want to plan your workouts for that.
Instead of just doing belly fat-reducing exercises every day, you should do full-body workouts on day one, then the second day for your abs, and maybe the third day for back and shoulders, and so on.
You have to work on your whole body even to work on that specific body part because our body functions as a whole.
4. Avoid Working Out On The Bare and Hard Floor
The main motive of a workout is that your body becomes more healthy, strong, and fit!
But in this process, we tend to avoid few things like investing in Good Mat.
To lower your chances of hurting yourself during workouts, exercise, or even yoga right kind of flooring is of utmost importance.
So even if you have a yoga mat, use it every time you do workouts when required, but if you don’t have a mat yet, just use any mat or anything that will prevent your back from injuries.
Eventually, you have to invest in a good yoga mat, but for the time being, just use anything rather than hurting your back afterward.
5. Not Caring About Diet
First of all, by caring about the diet, I don’t mean you need to go on a certain strict diet like the most famous ones, keto diet, paleo diet, no-carb diet, and so on, but just watching what you eat every day.
You cannot expect that just by working out, you will get the desired results; you have to invest some time in planning your diet.
Now you don’t necessarily have to shift your whole focus on just what you eat, but you have to take care of everything you are eating throughout the day.
If you are just starting with your diet and you have no idea what to do, here are some things that will get you started with this,
- Start drinking a lot of water. I know you might have heard this a lot of time, but it is indeed very important.
- Try to cut out junk food from your diet. Food like french fries, pizza, cake, ice cream, deep-fried foods, etc., should be avoided.
- Cook your food. If you don’t know how to cook, you could follow recipes online and make them, but rather than eating outside food, make your food at home.
- Invest some time in researching what to eat according to your goals and body.
6. Always Workout Mindfully
Doing your workout is good, but if you don’t focus on it, you will not benefit from it. While working out, you have to make sure that you know what areas of your body you are activating and engaging so that you get the most out of your workouts.
Here comes the concept of Muscle Mind Connection.
For doing your workouts mindfully, you also need to understand what exercises target which body parts.
If you are not focused or aware of which body part you are working for, then there is not much you are getting from even doing those workouts.
Working out just for the sake of doing it and getting done with it is not the right way; if you feel this way, you might stop working out because it will not benefit you at the end of the day anyway.
Workouts need awareness, and it has to be done by engaging constantly.
For instance, if you are doing crunches, then you need to know how to engage your core.
If you don’t engage your core while doing crunches, then you will not get desired results.
7. Never Workout Just To Look A Certain Way
Working out for certain body goals isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
In fact, working on your own body gives you a lot of confidence in itself. Still, if you only focus on that aspect of workout, it is not healthy for you physically and mentally.
Exercising does more good to your body rather than just toning it.
Workouts are not just about looking a certain way, and it is so much more than that. When you start working out, it elevates your mood.
Working out changes you not just physically but also mentally. When you work out, your body releases endorphins and dopamines, which are chemicals that are responsible for making you happy.
It is even proven effective for someone who has depression, anxiety, and other such mental health problems.
Almost everyone who works out will tell you how much confidence they have gained just by focusing on their health.
Working out is amazing, and it definitely gives amazing benefits.
But as a beginner, there are few important things to know before working out so that you will avoid making mistakes and achieve amazing benefits.
So start working out and see how positively it impacts your physical and mental health.
Everyone makes mistakes when they start, but the important thing is how you react to your mistakes.
Do you proudly accept your mistakes, learn from them and move on? Or do you just ignore them and continue doing the same?
I hope you don’t just ignore your mistakes and choose to learn from them or try to prevent them in the first place.
Fitness is a subject which if you start to learn, you can’t get enough of it. But keeping yourself updated and knowledgeable about this topic will never go to waste.
So please educate yourself about what you do, especially when it comes to your body and health.
I appreciate and welcome you to the wonderful world of fitness.
I hope you will continue this journey with ease by reading and knowing more and more about it every day.
About The Author:
Neha Mishra is a Content writer and a Content creator. She enjoys writing for various niches but mostly writes on Health, Fitness, Lifestyle & Music. And She is a great singer too!