If you have taken the first step in launching a good exercise regimen, you are to be congratulated. However, this is really only the beginning. In addition to exercising regularly and eating right, you will need some solid information to help you avoid some common pitfalls made by beginners.
Thinking More Is Better
You see it all the time when someone undertakes a new endeavor. They take things too far. Someone begins taking some kind of supplement that seems to be helping, but they decide to double down by taking more than the recommended dose. The same goes for those who have begun exercising and start looking for ways to do even more. More cardio, more sets, or running, more time training, all sound like good ideas when you are already noticing improvements from your current efforts. Unfortunately, the opposite effect tends to become true.
When you begin your exercise regimen, you begin getting results that serve as positive reinforcement for your efforts. Trying to force things by going too hard at once will make you hit a wall and risk injury before you know it. When you decide to ramp up your exercise routine, do so gradually so that your body has time to adapt. Listen to your body and what it is telling you so that you don’t overdo it and suffer a setback.
So you have bigger muscles and have enlarged the capacity of your heart and lungs. A stronger body needs good fuel. Your regular diet won’t cut it anymore. Be sure that you are getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to good sources of protein to build all of that muscle. Drink plenty of fluids so that your body can detoxify and deliver nutrients where needed. You should also avoid making wholesale changes to your diet. Make it gradual so that you are more likely to stick to your new routine.
Expecting Supplements To Work Like Magic
Many beginners make the common mistake of expecting their new nutritional supplements to do all of the work for them. It is easy to get taken in by hyperbolic advertising claims for fat loss supplements or muscle-building products. If you could simply take a magic pill, everyone would be doing it. There is no substitute for hard work when it comes to building a healthy, athletic body.