Beginners - Newbies
Biggest mistake: Too much too soon.
Be consistent not intermittent.
Start with cardio first. Walking is easiest. People who walk are more likely to continue with an exercise program.
Tip: break the segments into three ten-minute workouts is as effective a single thirty-minute workout.
Intermediate - Athletics
Biggest mistake: Doing the same fitness program
Change up your routine. Muscle “confusion” (changing up the muscles you are using) helps you keep making improvements and stay balanced.
Tip: Walk or run sideways, backwards, skip, add incline or shuffle.
Advanced - Warriors
Biggest mistake - Skipping the stretch
Advanced exercisers seem to focus on the “no pain, no gain” attitude; Creating a ritual stretch program is key to preventing injury, resetting muscle tension, and keeping the body in alignment.
Tip: Strengthen the “tight” muscles and stretch the strong ones.
Andrea Metcalf is a healthy lifestyle spokesperson, author of Naked Fitness, and fitness expert for AnytimeFitness clubs.
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