If you’re starting to exercise, you may be tempted to go in full throttle and ignore the warning signs that an injury is on the way. There are many mistakes that women make when it comes to training, but you need to follow the advice from the professionals. Here are six things personal trainers want you to know about exercising to help keep you safe from harm.
There’s No Time Like the Present
Too many people set the goal to start their workout program next week. The next week comes around and they forget or something gets in the way.
You may then believe you need to wait until the next week. Well, there’s no time like the present! Get started now and stop giving yourself excuses. The only person you’re hurting is yourself.
You Can Have Cake!
There is nothing stopping you from having a chocolate bar or some cake.
Just because you’re exercising doesn’t mean you have to hate yourself for giving into the odd craving. One chocolate bar is not going to throw your workout completely off. However, you do need to learn some control. Practise some moderation and only have a few pieces from the bar and put the rest in the fridge for another day.
Take a Slow
Build your capabilities up. Too many people start off wanting to be like the Olympic athletes. It takes time to get to that stage—many years in fact! You need to break down your fitness and exercise goals, and create a plan to get to those goals.
Personal trainers will be able to help with that, but you can do it yourself. Getting help from a fitness coach or personal trainer is often better because they will make sure you do it safely.
“No Pain, No Gain”
There is some truth in this saying. Your exercises shouldn’t be so easy that you don’t really feel it. That is not going to improve your fitness levels.
However, the pain you should feel is aching that you have pushed your muscles slightly past your comfort zone. It shouldn’t be an injury pain. There is a subtle difference at times, depending on the injuries.
Work Hard and See Results
You need to work hard. Sweating is a very good thing. Needing a shower afterwards is expected. Personal trainers want to see you work hard and achieve your results.
If you’re not willing to push yourself, then you’re not going to see the results of your dreams.
Stop the Excuses
The excuses are not getting you anywhere. Yes, there are times that you have to put off a training session. The kids may be ill and you can’t get a babysitter. You may be ill and actually need the rest. However, don’t come up with excuses week after week.
Your personal trainer can’t help you if you don’t show up. You’re only sabotaging yourself if you skip the gym after work because you don’t feel like it!