But, we know that change takes time. To avoid unnecessary pain and possible injury, we are sharing 3 common rookie workout mistakes and how to avoid them.
- Old or inadequate/unsupportive shoes: How to overcome this rookie mistake: Don’t underestimate the importance of a good pair of athletic shoes, especially if you plan to do high-impact exercise such as running, jumping and other plyometric moves. For this type of exercise, we recommend a good pair of supportive running shoes. If you are unsure of the style and fit you need, check out specialty running stores such as Blue Mile or The Runners Forum.
- Ignoring your body’s signals: How to overcome this rookie mistake? Listen to your body! Some soreness and discomfort is expected as you get back into or start a new workout routine. Not all pain is a “normal” part of transition. Pay special attention to sharp pains or aches that do not go away in 24-48 hours. These are signs that you are pushing too hard too fast and you need to slow your progression.
- Poor Form: Poor or improper form can hurt your progression in two ways. Not performing an exercise correctly means that you are not getting the most out of, or reaping all the benefits of the specific exercise. Additionally, poor form almost always leads to injury.