Men usually have the best of intentions when it came to exercising. Reasons for exercising regularly may vary. Staying in great shape is one of the biggest motivating factors for most guys.
It is important to avoid mistakes that will compromise your results. whether you're trying to maintain your fit physique or plan to take the plunge into fitness training.
Unfortunately, mistakes made during fitness routines have kept men from achieving quality progress. It also led to avoidable injuries.
If you don’t want to learn the hard way, then avoid these four mistakes men make when trying to get fit.
A lot of men make the mistake of overestimating their limits regarding strength and endurance. This attitude stems from the notion that having the stamina or strength to do more than other men is macho.
However, lifting too much weight than you can handle, or trying to complete one too many reps, or attempting to jog for distances equivalent to a marathon too often can wear your muscles and cause overuse injuries. Instead, focus on exercising safely. Don’t overstrain in your workouts just to impress others or boost your ego.
A common mistake male gym rats make during weight training is only focusing on the upper body.
After all, the ladies find big biceps and bulging chests to be attractive attributes of their male counterparts. Besides, if you can't flex certain muscles in public why bother?
Focusing on appearance over function creates an imbalance in muscular conditioning. Like the sample the above, the results would be a ripped upper body but scrawny legs. Male bodybuilders who neglect their legs usually have this physique.
For the best results, make sure to work on all muscle groups. By ensuring that the supportive muscles used in certain lifts are not weak. Not only will it improve your overall physique, but also reduce the risk of injury.
Another mistake is trying to imitate the biggest guy in the gym. Or taking on the fitness routine of a favorite accomplished athlete. It usually sends many men into a downward spiral.
Yes, it can be motivating to have a role model you can look up to when it comes to fitness training. But, trying to imitate their fitness routine can be frustrating and even eat away at your self-esteem. Especially if you are not yet at an advanced level.
The physiques you see with professional bodybuilders and athletes took time to develop. Therefore, it will take a while before you can manage an advanced workout. Unless you want to injure yourself due to overtraining or discouraged by burnout. It is best to find a fitness plan that works for you. Remember, fitness training is a marathon, not a sprint.
Another trap is making use of performance enhancement drugs.
First off, if you plan on competing in a certain sport, doping puts your career at risk of getting caught.
Secondly, even though you don't join in a competitive sport, this does not give you a pass to use performance enhancers.
Case reports have shown that abuse of anabolic steroids causes various health problems. Research on the long term effects of using most performance enhancement drugs is lacking.
Instead of cutting corners, take a much safer approach when it comes to fitness training. While the results may be slow, exercising regularly and eating healthy eventually pays off without risking your health.