It’s easy to get excited about the start of a new workout routine. All the before and after pictures that can be found on the internet make you eager to get the ball rolling and get to your own after pic, and you find yourself waking up before the alarm goes off, downing that protein shake, filling your water bottle, and heading for your new gym and your new lifestyle.
We at the Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy applaud the energy and attitude you bring to your workout, and as your new lifestyle trainers, we will be working out right alongside you; but we caution you on the importance of pacing yourself. Walking two extra miles every day, or lifting that extra 25 pounds as you start your journey to physical fitness may seem fun and wonderful at first, but the downside of overzealousness can cause injuries, frustrations, and delays in reaching your goals.
One of the first mistakes many people make is planning on working out every single day of the week, every week of the month, every month of the year. Burnout is a real thing, and while your enthusiasm in the early stages is genuine, it’s difficult to keep that high level of excitement going for the long term, no matter how badly you want to crush your goals.
It’s important to take a break, let your body heal, and allow your endorphins to build back up. If you are reasonable in your expectations, you have a real chance of succeeding. But if you start missing workouts, you can begin to feel frustrated with yourself and develop a “why bother?” attitude, until eventually you just give up altogether.
Human nature often rationalizes that if walking one mile is good for you, then walking FIVE miles is even better, or that the 10-pound barbell is only for weak people like children. Many people think 20 pounds will have those muscles popping sooner, but the reality is overdoing it is just as bad—if not worse—than underdoing it. Injuries are one of the highest causes for ending or delaying an exercise routine, so starting slow and low, then increasing your miles and weights gradually over time is the safest and most productive way of making sure your after picture is as amazing as you want it to be!
Take advantage of our physical training programs. We will get you where you want to be safely!