Major props to everyone that can get themselves to the gym! With so many other obligations and responsibilities taking up most of our time, getting to the gym is half the battle. But once you’re at the gym, make the most of your time by avoiding these common mistakes.
Wasting Time - When you step inside the gym, get to it! Sweat it out! Maximize your time. Consider using a personal trainer, taking a gym class, or doing a circuit workout. Don’t stand around.
Overdoing it - Too much time at the gym can lead to burnout or an injury. It is healthy to move your body every day, but be sure to vary the intensity of your workout. Make sure to give your body the rest it needs!
Lacking Variety - Vary the modality, equipment, intensity, and types of workouts. This will keep it fun and engaging. Consider leaving the gym for an outdoor workout, such as a game of volleyball our a run through a nature trail.
Not Planning Ahead - Put some thought into your weekly workouts. Decide which days you’ll do strength or cardio, and which days will be easier than others.
Not Writing It Down - Prioritize your self care by adding gym time to your calendar. It’s harder to avoid if it is written down (in pen)!
Going At It Alone - Physical activity can be some great “me time,” but utilizing a workout buddy can create accountability and add variety to your workouts.
Not Having Fun - Exercise is meant to be fun while being healthy. You are more likely to stick to an exercise routine if you love what you’re doing. Switch it up until you find what you like; try a class, get outside, and give new workouts a try.
Expecting Instant Results - Expecting immediate results can sabotage your goals. Everything takes time! Allow the process to happen and you will see results in due time.
Comparing Yourself to Others - Using others as a source of inspiration is great but don’t take it too far. The social comparison can be self-defeating. Everyone is on their own journey, so focus on yours!
Rewarding Yourself Too Often - It is important to celebrate milestones, but avoid celebrating every step along the way. Work up to bigger treats, like no gear or fitness retreats. Try to avoid rewarding yourself with treats like desserts and food you know you shouldn’t eat.