You and your team are passionate about helping the community lead active, healthy lives. From programs and facilities to supportive staffers, you’re with them every step of the way. And along with the everyday encouragement of your members’ fitness goals, it’s also important to cover a few fitness fails that can quickly derail their progress.
Check out the following potentially harmful, occasionally forgetful or just plain silly fitness fails. Share them via email or social media to help your members stay on track.
Tired Workout Attire
The right pair of shoes and breathable exercise gear really make a difference in the quest to get fit. In other words, that beat-up old pair of sneakers won’t cut it for 10K training. Dress for workout success by investing in a good pair of shoes and purchasing some clothing just for exercise.
Failure to Plan
As the saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” To maximize time and effort, it’s important to design a program that works for you. Visit ACTIVE.com/fitness for inspiration, and always consult a doctor or trainer with any pressing questions.
Skipping the Warm-Up
Warming up is a key component of any workout. Take five minutes to get the blood pumping and loosen the tissues around joints. Try a quick walk and a few dynamic stretches to get your muscles primed and ready to work.
Skipping the Cool-Down
Stopping abruptly at the end of a workout is hard on the body. Take five minutes to slow things down by walking, stretching or doing gentle yoga moves before hitting the showers.
Successful workouts are completed in a timely manner, and if you’re busy answering calls, responding to texts or snapping endless selfies, your routine is going to suffer. Rest periods should only last as long as your body needs to recover, which is usually about 30 to 60 seconds. Consider setting the phone on silent or snoozing notifications until after your workout.
Skipping Rest Days
When you’re tired, sick or over-trained, you risk injury if you continue to exert yourself. Listen to your body and take a day off when necessary. Even elite athletes incorporate rest days into their routines. After all, your workout will be there tomorrow.
Running on Empty
In order to successfully complete a workout and recover afterwards, your body must be properly fed and hydrated. For tips and recipes to fuel an active lifestyle, visit ACTIVE.com/nutrition.
Forgetting Your Form
Proper form is essential to getting an effective workout while reducing the risk of injury. Whether you’re indoors using free weights and machines or working up a sweat outside in the open air, educate yourself on the correct form for each step of your workout routine.
No two people are the same, so don’t compare your body, workout pace or progress with the person on the treadmill next to you. Consider doing a self-assessment when you start a new program and then perform periodic checks to track your individual fitness goals and achievements.
Maybe you forgot to pack your gym bag. Or you hit snooze a few too many times. Or you left your lucky water bottle at home. They all amount to one thing: excuses. Be honest and hold yourself accountable when it comes to showing up and working out.
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