Committed to physical activity? Great, but watch out for common mistakes that even fit-minded people make.
- No warmup, little pre- and post-stretching, no cool- down. Warming up, then stretching prepares your heart and muscles for the core of your workout. Cool-down brings your heart rate down gradually and keeps your muscles from feeling stiff.
- Intensity: too much or too little. Forget “no pain, no gain”. Longer, moderate exercise usually gives more fitness and healthy weight benefits; soreness often leads to quitting.
- Drinking too little. Drink enough to stay hydrated and move at your physical best. The best fluid replacer: plenty of water!
- Equipment misuse. Jerking or lifting too much weight can cause injury and pain. Slow, controlled movement and progressive strength training are safer and more effective.
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/fat/transfat.html and http://www.fda.gov/FoodPopularTopics/ucm373922.htm