FYI—Do’s and Don’ts and Common Mistakes When Getting Fit

Many individuals start a fitness regimen with every intention of sticking to it; however, make the mistake of being over-anxious to see the results when they are at the low end of the spectrum of their fitness quest. All the platitudes that come to mind, such as “patience is a virtue” and “good things take time,” are practical advice to heed. You’ll get out of your workout what you put in, helping you experience the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Fitness Expo staff stresses to its clients that physical fitness should be a way of life for everyone, and shouldn’t be looked at as drudgery. If you don’t look forward to your workouts, chances are you will find an excuse for not working out.

Procrastination is the mother of not reinventing yourself. The longer you wait to start a fitness regimen, the longer it will take to see the results. Keep a workout log to boost motivation and track your progress.

Know your body type. Your body type will determine how you respond to fitness training as well as diet. With this knowledge, you can optimize your fitness goals. The three body types are:
Endomorph Body Type – Usually short and has a stocky build, gains fat and muscle easily, hardly loses fat, has a slow metabolism.
Ectomorph Body Type – Fast metabolism, hardly gain weight, very thin stature and delicate bone structure, having lean muscle mass.
Mesomorph Body Type – Classic strong, hard, athletic body, gains muscle easily and muscles have chiseled, ripped, or cut look; gain muscle and fat easier than the ectomorph body type.

Overexertion can lead to injury. You should be able to carry on a conversation, although slightly labored, while you are working out. If you can’t say a word or catch your breath, you’re overdoing it. Don’t exercise very late in the evening, near bedtime, as sometimes this can cause you to wake up fatigued in the morning.

Hydration is crucial. Before beginning an intense workout, drink water, more than you regularly need. Try to get in at least 32-42 ounces of water right before running or long-distance walking. Keeping the body hydrated will ensure the muscles get the oxygen needed for the burn.