Are you making these 4 exercise mistakes?

Are you making these 4 exercise mistakes? teaser
Starting an exercise routine is one of the best things you can do for your health. Whether it’s for weight loss, managing chronic illness like diabetes and heart disease, or helping with pain, exercise can help. But if you're just starting out with exercise, make sure you're not making these four mistakes.

 
Setting unrealistic goals
Everyone wants to reach their goals in the shortest time possible but having unrealistic goals is a guaranteed way to have yourself feeling defeated and demotivated when you inevitably don’t reach them.  Goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound)

Specific
Well defined

Measurable
Know when you have achieved your goal or how far away completion is

Achievable
Is your goal possible?

Realistic
Within the availability of resources, knowledge and time

Time-Bound
Enough time to achieve the goal 

Overdoing it
As a beginner it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking more is better, so the more you exercise the better the results will be. But overdoing it is a good way to burn out and be left with little motivation long-term. While starting off slow may feel like you are holding back, it will allow your body to ease into the exercise and won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and back at square one.

Avoiding strength training
When starting an exercise routine most people will look for something they know and feel comfortable with, for most people entering a gym this will mean turning away from the complicated looking machines/weights and spending hours upon hours on the treadmill and therefore missing out on the benefits of resistance training.  These benefits include weight loss, joint health and prevention or control of chronic conditions (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and depression).  If you feel unsure about how to start strength training then seeking help from an exercise professional can be helpful in getting you on the right track. This leads to the next point…

Not seeking help from a professional
If you’re not sure how to start an exercise routine or feel you need help finding the right routine for you then seek the help of an exercise professional who can guide you in a program that will be appropriate for reaching your goals.  When selecting who to see it is important to look at your needs. If you are looking for help with motivation or general health then a personal trainer is a good start, and if you need help with managing chronic illness then seeing an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist will be your best option.

360 have exercise physiologists located all across the Perth metro region. To make an appointment, call us on 1300 706 922.
 
Scott Patrick
Exercise Physiologist
360 Health + Community
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