Have exercise misconceptions prevented
you from starting an exercise program? Clear up any confusion and let these exercise tips improve your workout
routine. Hopefully none of these common exercise myths, mistakes and misconceptions have prevented you from
Failure to set goals: Do you exercise without a clear goal in mind? Having a clear
goal set is a critical step in exercise and weight loss success.
Tracking your progress in a journal will help ensure you see your improvements, will help motivate you and help
you meet your goal.
Common Misconception: No Pain, No Gain. Pain is your body’s way of letting you
know something is wrong. Do not ignore this. When you go beyond exercise and testing yourself, you will
encounter physical discomfort and need to overcome it. An example of this would be training for a marathon. It
is important that you have the “base training” before getting into the advance training. The base training
develops the body and gets it ready for extensive training. You need to learn to “read” your body. Is the heavy
breathing because you are pushing your body or could it be the beginning of a heart attack. Exercise is
important. Do it correctly and you can do it for the rest of your life.
It is normal for you to hurt after you
exercise, but it must be done gradually with a good amount of rest periods to allow proper healing. There are
two common problems here with beginning exercisers. You can cause long lasting damage to muscles, tendons and
ligaments if you work out while you are in pain, without allowing enough rest time to heal. You might find
yourself in constant and long lasting pain if you do this which means that you will no longer be able to
If you wake up the next morning after
you exercised and can barely drag your aching body out of bed because everything hurts, you are going to be less
motivated to exercise at all. Constant pain is a sure way to kill your exercise program.
Sacrificing Quality for Quantity. When you are ready to increase the number of reps of a
particular exercise, and strengthen the corresponding muscles, instead of forcing yourself to do a little more
each time try decreasing the number of reps in a set but increase the number of sets. Also, back off to half
your usual number of reps but add a couple of more sets. You will feel less tired and will be able to gain
strength in your fast-twitch muscles.
Common Myth: Weight Training Makes Women Bulky. Weight training for a
woman will strengthen and tone muscle, burn fat and increase metabolism, not build mass. Women do not produce
enough of testosterone to build muscle mass the way that men do.
Over-Emphasizing Strengths. You should start focusing on your points rather then what you
are good at. This will help you balance things. For example, if your lower body is stronger than your upper
body, then try to work only on this area one day a week.
Being smart about how you exercise will
take you a long way. It is important to have a healthy body so get out there and start exercising