What We Can Learn from Common Fitness Mistakes
At Wimbledon this month, Venus told reporters, “…in life there is no such thing as impossible. It's always possible. That's what you feel as an athlete. Pretty much our job is to make the impossible happen every day.”
That kind of motivation is what the EleVen lifestyle is all about – going beyond one’s limits, being better than a 10, better than the best. We’re fortunate to have an unrivaled source of inspiration and motivation in Venus.
Being motivated is the first step to achieving any goal, including fitness goals, but even the most motivated of us can make mistakes. Mistakes offer a great opportunity, however, to learn and grow.
Here are some common fitness mistakes, and lessons to be learned.
Skipping the warm up: Forgetting the importance of the pre-workout warm-up is a common mistake. "Without a warmup, you're asking your body to work before the oxygen and blood flow reach the muscles," Debi Pillarella, MEd, a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise Pillarella, told WebMD. Pillarella recommends that before beginning your workout, spend 5-10 minutes warming up at a relaxed pace.
Forgoing the cool down: The cool down is just as important. "If you don't cool down, you risk muscle soreness because you haven't flushed the lactic acid out of your system,” Julie Isphording, host of the radio shows Fitness Information Talk and On Your Feet, told WebMD. Her recommendation is to spend five to 10 minutes cooling down at a slower pace to let your heart rate come down.
Not switching things up: It’s key to not let your body get overly comfortable with just one workout routine. As Venus told Refinery29, "For me, switching it up keeps it fresh. I have to switch it up a lot. There are some staple exercises that I do a lot, but then there are some that I change in and out." For Venus, that means alternating among activities such as running, yoga, strength training and, of course, tennis. Try mixing up your own workout routine to ensure you don’t get stuck in a fitness rut.
Not taking a break: Consistency is key, but it’s also important to build breaks into your workout schedule. Venus told Well and Good, “I like to use Sundays to recuperate from all the physical stuff I do all week long—especially if I’ve been in competition. I know I can perform at a higher level when I let my mind and body decompress from all demands I place on it. I usually like to take my dogs for walks and listen to music. It’s like a moving meditation.” Make sure you schedule recovery time when planning your workout schedule.
Skimping on food and water. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated, Pillarella told WebMD. She advises to drink water before, during, and after exercise and notes that you don’t need a special beverage; water is the preferred drink. It’s also important to eat a healthy snack before working out. Venus is a big fan of smoothies and green juices for pre-workout power. Post-workout snacks are also important to keep you fueled and full of energy.
The biggest lesson to be learned is that mistakes can become motivation. Ready to take on achieving your fitness goals? EleVen collections offer everything you need to get fit in style.