Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Fitness Specialist. This is part two of our blog series about common fitness mistakes you need to avoid. It’s not always easy to maintain the perfect workout schedule, but sometimes the most difficult part is just avoiding mistakes like not warming up, stretching, or avoiding cardio. These mistakes can lead to poor performance or improvement and generally make you more susceptible to injury or discomfort after a workout. Keep reading to learn more mistakes to avoid and contact Fitness Specialist if you have any questions.

Not drinking enough water

Being hydrated is absolutely essential for having a productive workout. Do you ever go to the gym to lift weights or run, only to feel the need to stop every few minutes for water? This is a sign you haven’t been drinking enough water. You should plan on drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. This is equal to 2 liters or a half gallon. Think about it, our bodies are about 60 percent water. You have to be getting that water from somewhere and getting it through sugary sports drinks or fruit juice is not ideal. But drinking water doesn’t just replenish our body’s water, it also has a major impact on our performance and energy levels.

Tolerating pain

According to the journal Psychophysiology, water has the ability to increase your tolerance to pain. The study found that after 24 hours of very little water consumption led to increased responsiveness to pain or discomfort. Think about that before a tough workout.

Body function

Water helps your body function normally by cleaning out toxins, speeding up metabolism, and generally making you more energetic. Your body needs water to digest food, circulate blood, and maintain organ function. This means a lack of water intake can lead to significant drops in energy levels.

Feeling better

According to researchers at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, people who experience headaches and migraines will have a better quality of life if they drink more water. Water has generally proven to make people feel better throughout their daily lives.

Reduce cravings

We all get those afternoon cravings for sweets or junk food. However, if we hydrate our bodies better, we’ll experience these cravings less. Empty calories are much more prominent in this day and age so the temptation is even greater. Make sure you’re drinking enough water!

These are just a few of the benefits of drinking enough water. It’s not hard to see why it’s so important, especially if you’re into fitness and want to maintain a healthy workout routine. Staying hydrated is the best way to prepare your body for a workout

Not knowing the exercises

It’s easy to go to the gym and just start doing stuff, but if you’re not using the proper form, you most likely aren’t helping yourself much. If you’re new to weight lifting, make sure you watch videos online or speak with a personal trainer to learn the proper technique. If you do an exercise incorrectly, you could risk injury or improve at a slower rate than if they were done correctly.

Contact Fitness Specialist

If you love to work out, you may benefit from starting your own in-home gym. Although going to a public gym can be great for a while, you’ll soon realize that you could be saving money by not having to pay for pricey gym memberships as well as avoiding gas costs by driving there every day. Visit Fitness Specialist if you’d like to learn about starting your own in-home gym.