Beginner Workout and the Common Mistakes We Make

It's a different year and you're ready for a new you. No matter your busy schedule, you're determined to be a healthier version of yourself by next year. But before you buy a ton of workout gear and hit the gym full force, you should evaluate your goals, lifestyle, and overall health status. Don't Know how to start a workout routine? Below are just a few examples of beginner workout and the common mistakes we make people make when getting started on exercise program and what to do about them.

Mistake Number One: "I'm going to the gym seven days a week for two hours every day!"

No matter what, if you're just starting to exercise after a hiatus, it's important to start off easy. So many people set themselves up for failure by trying to do too much, too soon. And where does this usually lead? To burn-out both physically and emotionally. You either A) injure yourself or wear out your body from doing too much or you B) Become bored with your workout and give it up all together or miss a workout and get angry with yourself for falling off the wagon, when your goal wasn't realistic to begin with. To avoid all this, take it easy, slowly build up. Don't think that you can run out and complete a 5 mile run in 40 minutes, when you haven't worked out in 5 years. Again, take it slow and your body will thank you.

Mistake Number Two: "I'm going to lose ten pounds....by this weekend!"

Like mentioned earlier, too many people set up unrealistic goals. It's important to note that incorporating exercise into your lifestyle is about change, and as the old saying goes, change does not happen overnight. So revaluate your goals. Do you really need to be a size four by this weekend, especially when you're a size 10 today? Make small changes instead and set mini-goals that will eventually lead you to your ultimate goal.

Mistake Number Three: I have X (insert health condition) here, but I feel fine. So I don't need to see my doctor before starting an exercise routine

According to an article in the New York Times, "You should get a stress test and make sure you create a safe workout program geared to your abilities", prior to starting a workout regimen. This means, don't jump the gun. See your primary physician before beginning any exercise program; especially, if you are diabetic, have suffered from any heart problems or any other conditions that have adversely affected your health.

You've probably seen the caution screen that precedes nearly every workout DVD or Fitness TV program. "Please consult your doctor before starting this or any other exercise program." This is, to put it frankly, not only a good idea, but a necessary step

Please keep all of the above in mind, and good luck!