4 Common Exercise Mistakes Most Women Make

I did an online survey asking gym instructors in Ikoyi who visited the gym more in ladies and guys and I was shocked that 75% of the people who visited the gym more were women but the instructors also said it was mostly men who committed and were less likely to quit.

Below are 4 top mistakes women make when exercising

1. NO LIFTING OF WEIGHT: Many women resist strength training for fear of bulking up, but this is a huge misconception. Women don’t bulk up as easily as men, and by adding just a little bit of lean muscle, you’ll burn more calories all the time, not only during your workout.

2. BAD FORM AND POSTURE: A potentially dangerous mistake that I see women making often is improper form. Not only will this hinder your progress, but it may lead to injuries that can sideline your weight-loss goals. If you work out at a gym, take advantage of the free personal training session most facilities give you when you sign up and have a professional trainer show you the right way to do several key exercises such as lunges, squats, and push-ups.

3. TAKING THE SHORT AND EASY WAY OUT: If you’re using weights so light that you could fly through a set of reps, getting to the end of a workout without even breaking a sweat, or taking too many breaks, chances are you’re not challenging your muscles enough, and you won’t see results as quickly as you would if you pushed yourself a little harder. With strength training, the last few reps of any routine should not be easy,in fact, you should feel like you can barely eke them out.

4. CRUNCHES AND TOO MUCH STOMACH EXERCISES: a big mistake women make is thinking that the more crunches they do, the faster they’ll trade their one-piece for a bikini. But the move neglects the deep, hard-to-target midsection muscles, and your side abs. The basic plank—toes and forearms on the floor, body in a straight line from head to heels—is a better way to target your abs from all angles. Just hold the position for 30 to 60 seconds and repeat three times.

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