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Most Common Workout Mistakes

By Satvik Mittal 

According to doctors, workouts may help you reduce your risk of a lot of health conditions, such as cancer, depression and heart attacks. Aside from this, workouts make you stronger both physically and mentally. If you are working out without the help of a good fitness trainer, you are more prone to common workout mistakes. Here are 5 of those mistakes that you should avoid.

1. Workout goals

What are your workout goals? No matter what you want to achieve by working out, your workout sessions should consist of three stages: warm-up, exercise and the stretch-out stage.

Most people focus on the second phase, which is a mistake. Starting your workouts phase without warming up your body first is a bad idea. If you don't warm up before a workout session, you may end up hurting your muscles. The stretch-out phase is equally important.

2. Not Warming-up Before Each Session

With the warm-up stage, you are informing your nervous system of the physical stress it is going to go through. This stage will help your body prevent premature fatigue and skipped heartbeats.

The warm-up phase is more important if you are going to do some high interval intensity training exercises like CrossFit or sprinting. Even if you are going to do a workout of moderate intensity, you should warm up as it will get your blood flowing throughout your body.

3. Doing The Exercises The Wrong Way

After box jumping or deadlifts, some people complain about pain in their lower backs. Some people think that it is muscle soreness and shouldn't be taken as something serious. However, the thing is that you should learn to differentiate between muscle soreness and joint pain.

Mostly, joint pain may occur if you do an exercise the wrong way. It may also lead to injury in some cases. Therefore, it is important that you get some guidance from a fitness trainer.

4. Sticking to the Same Type of Exercises

Do you find your workouts boring? If so, it's time for you to change our workout plan. Doing the same movements over and over again may make it harder for you to get your desired results.

For instance, if you do jogging on a daily basis, you should change your route. Or you can increase or decrease your speed for a change.

5. Ignoring Other Body Parts

The human body is not a simple machine. It functions on different levels at the same time. Therefore, you should do workouts that will work multiple areas of your body. Focusing on the same parts may cause your body to lose balance. As a result, your body gets weaker and you don't see the desired results.

Therefore, we suggest that you choose a set of exercises that will work all of the important parts of your body that people usually ignore.

So, these are some common workout mistakes that most people make. If you don't want to end up hurting yourself while working out, we suggest that you avoid these mistakes. Hopefully, now you will be able to get the most out of your exercises.

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Why Jogging Is Good for You, and HOW It Can Make You Happy

By Anthony J. Namata

If you're feeling rather tired, despondent and pretty much unhappy about the way you feel or even perhaps how you look for that matter, maybe something is missing that can seriously change your entire outlook on life AND your self-esteem in as little as 30 minutes.

Every time I'm feeling a little down myself, I would step out to the beach for a run (fortunately I live near the beach), and within minutes I'm not only feeling better, I find that my faculty of ideas opens up and before I know it, I'm in high spirits and working out my business and life plans to fruition.

Sometimes you just need that little nudge to trigger what brings about a sense of wellbeing and purpose in life. This article will explore the feel-good factor in jogging and how that can make you happy.

Why jogging is good for you?

Aerobic exercises like jogging will improve your cardiovascular fitness and the ability for your body to deliver oxygen to your muscles. It also helps your muscles to become more efficient at using that oxygen. And so in essence, the more you exercise, the better your heart works, and needless to say, this reduces the risk of you getting a heart attack.

How Running Can Make You Happy?

The genetics of men, for example, have evolved to a high threshold for lactic acid over time, allowing our ancestors to chase the world's most dangerous predators and strike them down for food. After finishing off their prey, they would drag pounds of meat back to camp for dinner. I'm sure you'll agree, that's an extraordinary level of superhuman fitness that fed thousands in their tribe.

You'll be amazed to discover that there is a link to high intensity physical exercise on a lactic threshold level, to the release of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins act as your natural "drug" that make a person more energetic, more awake and, yes, most definitely happier.

Endorphins would usually kick in during a run, after a workout or both, and are generally referred to as a "runner's high."

The U.S. National Library of Medicine recently published a shocking article confirming that testosterone levels are lower in endurance running males than in guys who don't even workout. The Study also said endurance training can damage the male reproductive system.

So basically, if this report is anything to go by, it implies that you're better off sitting on the couch all day and NOT running if you want to preserve your precious testosterone levels.

Which brings me to my next point, that jogging or running for the sake of running doesn't bring about the fitness results that most men would desire.

I'll summarize this very simply and quickly for you.

When you look at the physiques of long-distance runners and compare that with 1,000 meter runners, you'll observe that their physiques are completely different... the sprinter looks muscular and ripped, whereas the long-distance runner--for lack of a better definition, looks rather scrawny.

In Conclusion: running to the lactic threshold for 30 seconds will increase your growth hormone by 530% with only a 16 minute run per week, and therefore jogging is good for you, and it can make you happy.Anthony J. Namata is an accomplished creative writer and publishes the blog Blockbuster Articles.



What to Do When Pilates Isn't Working

By Alexander Liam Moore 

Often when speaking to potential new participants for my Pilates classes, I will often hear the line "My GP/Osteopath/Physiotherapist recommended I take up Pilates to help improve my back pain". These days it is great that Pilates has a good reputation of improving participant's lower back pain symptoms (as well as a lot of other benefits).

But what happens when Pilates doesn't get the results that we expect?

What happens when Pilates doesn't help our back pain, and even in some cases makes it worse?

Another line I hear a lot of the time, more so in my therapy sessions is "I have done Pilates a few times before but it didn't help". I also use to hear this quite regularly when I was working in a health club environment.

So why is it Pilates is not giving some of us the results that we desire?

Here are just a few potential reasons:

Is the bar too high?

If we have heard lots of success stories from friends and family about how successful Pilates has been for them or been recommended Pilates by our healthcare, we can be hopeful that Pilates will correct and resolve all our aches & pains we have been going through. However it doesn't work like this. Remember that everyone will be different and whilst we may have similar symptoms to others, the underlying causes maybe completely different. It is also worth noting that Pilates is not a form of corrective therapy. It is an exercise system rather than an exercise class, and a lot of people have found that by completing a Pilates classes, their symptoms have improved as by product of learning the correct Pilates method. Another reason worth remembering is that people react differently to everything. For example from working in Pilates and Therapy setting for a few years, I have found some people react really well to deep tissue massage but some people react better to a MET (muscle energy technique) instead for example. My advice would be to find out what the underlying issue could potentially be and also find out what works best for you and decide on a course of action from there.

What's happening on the inside

Let's say for example someone attends a Pilates class in the hope of improving their lower back pain symptoms. As a Bodymaster method© practitioner, my initial thought is what's causing the lower back pain? In the past I have seen rotations in the Pelvis, Rotations in the sacrum, A difference in leg length as being potential causes of ones back pain symptoms. Sometimes it has even been further up the body which has caused one's lower back pain (thoracic mobility and even shoulder alignment). In a one to one therapy session, I would have the opportunity to carry out a full screening to identify any potential underlying issues. However in a small group class environment we don't have this luxury. Now sometimes Pilates can successfully help reduce the symptoms of lower back pain and give the participant the opportunity to manage their symptoms. However if you are finding back pain (or other symptoms) are continuing despite starting Pilates, it may be a good idea to have further investigation to see which potential issues could by resulting in lower back pain symptoms, and then create a programme to try to correct the underlying issues. Ones these underlying issues have been correcting you may find your Pilates class then can become a lot more beneficial.

Method of Pilates

With the wide choices and variety of Pilates on offer these days, we are now seeing a big difference in what is delivered in classes. In my opinion, the most important element of a good Pilates class is the method rather than the choice of exercises. Let me take a moment to explain. To me what makes Pilates most beneficial is the actual method of Pilates rather than the exercises themselves. Don't get me wrong, choosing the most correct and appropriate exercise is integral to the success of any class, however if they are not performed to the Pilates method then I find the success is very much limited. What do I mean by method? Well I am referring to the Pilates principles. These principles vary from training school to training school, class to class or book to book. Whilst these principles vary, I consider the following principles most important:

•             Alignment
•             Breathing
•             Connections (Also known as centering)
•             Concentration
•             Relaxation
•             Precision

Whilst I would consider these 6 to be the most important, there are others which should not be disregarded as well. I always knew these principles where important to the success of a Pilates class, however it wasn't until I became a bodymaster method© practitioner that I really understood why these principles and the Pilates method were key. I won't go until the full details of how these principles are beneficial, but you can read my other articles to get this information, in particular the article 'core stability - why there is so much more to it than planks and sit ups'.

If I'm honest the method/principles of Pilates is the hardest part to get right but in my opinion it is the most beneficial when completed with the exercises. I'm sure we could all pick up a book or watch the latest online video's for a range of different Pilates exercises, however without adhering the method the success is going to be very limited, in my opinion. I also believe there to be no such thing as a 'Pilates exercise' as it is the method rather than move which gives a Pilates class its name.

How big is your class?

One of the main principles listed above and what I consider to be very important 'precision'. Why? Well to make any exercise effective (and principles for that matter) it has to be done correctly, using the correct targeted muscles and also ensuring which muscles are not intended to be used stay switched off. If an exercise is not done correctly or using the wrong muscles it will more than likely be counterproductive and could result in pain or imbalance.

What's this got to do with the size of the class? Well getting everything correct in a class can be quite challenging, and participants will need hands on correction from the instructor, however experienced they are. Even in my small group Pilates classes, which I have a maximum of 7 people, it can be a challenge to ensure safe and effective exercise with such a small number (hence the limit of 7 people). I remember attending classes at Leisure Centres such as Virgin Active & Everyone Active, where the classes had an average of between 25-35 people, it was impossible for even the most talented instructors to ensure safety and correctness when delivering a class, because of the sheer volume of people there. One of the main reasons I have people join my classes these days are based on their previous classes being too big and being sure whether they were doing it correctly.

What's being done in-between classes

Now this is one of biggest things which determine success in my one to one sessions. In a one to one setting I always give the participants a corrective exercise programme to be carried out, usually around twice a day for two weeks minimum. Now from experience when I use to receive any form of therapy, it can be quite challenging initially to carry out the corrective exercise programme, however it is one of the most important sections to achieve optimal results. Looking back all my participant that have carried out the corrective exercise programme in-between sessions (in a one to one setting) they have always received far more effective results, it has also reduced the amount of sessions required to achieve their desired results. Obviously this will be slightly different to classes, as in a class we are unable to carry out a biomechanics screen which can tell us which areas we need to concentrate on setting the corrective exercise programme for, however what I have found beneficial for a lot of participants, is to carry out and practice the Pilates principles in-between classes, such as breathing, alignment & connections. I won't go into the exact details of why these will be beneficial (I have other blogs on this) but practicing these skills in-between can not only help improve results but they will also help you pick up a better understanding of these principles better, therefore making your classes more beneficial and also achieving desired results quicker. It’s worth remembering that there are 167 hours between classes each week (if we do one class a week), so it makes sense to practice these principles in-between as.

These are just a few things to consider to achieve the optimal results from our Pilates class. As always there can also be other factors, but these ones I would consider to be most important and effective.

Thanks for reading.

Alex



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