Are you one of the people that have just recently started with their fitness journey ?
If your answer was “YES”, then this article might be just right for you, so you do not repeat what I did.
I first started going to the gym when I was 16. At that time I was lucky to get a personal trainer’s help, as I suffered from my knees being injured from ballet. However, some time later I started exericising on my own and, probably out of laziness making mistakes.
#1 Training too hard
I have always been very used to different sport activities, but my 16 self thought I could jump into training 6 times a week again after a long break instead of starting calm to work my way up slowly. My muscles weren’t getting enough recovery and I remember being “forever sore”.
I learned, as long as you continue with your fitness journey.. Three times a week is plenty and even when there is a week when you did not have time to excerise – it’s okay. Quality over quantity and more importantly – health is the most important, your body needs the rest and time to recover which are personal.
#2 Not eating enough
More exercise = more hunger. Are you scared you might put on weight because you got the “beastly hunger” ever since you started exercising ? I can asure you, your metabolism has or is soon going to become a beast and YOU NEED THE FUEL !! I made that mistake and it caused me fatigue, stress and even more muscle soreness. It’s not that easy to put on a significant amount of weight as well as it is not very easy to loose a lot of weight quickly.
Eat intuitively, healthy and your body will thank you 😉 No diet or calorie counting is sustainable long term, it will only mess with your mental health !
#3 Bad nutrition
That was probably my biggest mistake and I see many of my friends doing the same unfortunately… I remember thinking “I have just exerised, I can eat all the chocolate!” NO, I CAN’T or SHOULDN’T. Not for the “weight gain” sake, because calories are calories… But chocolate is neither a pre workout nor post workout meal itself and you will end up destroying your health and not achieving your goals if you don’t fuel your body with good, nutritious foods.
Treat yourself and don’t get overly scared of “unhealthy foods” but do not treat them as a single meal that can be eaten pre or post workout, especially if performance matters for you 😉
That is all for todays post ! I just had a thought at 1am and thought I would share 🙂