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Training mistakes
May 23, 2013, 2:29 pm


Neglecting rest: It might seem counter-intuitive, but if you want to train properly you are going to have to rest as well. Research has time and again found that intensive training without sensible rest periods can cause inflammation and even muscle fiber necrosis, both of which hinder the development of muscle power and durability. These rest periods will vary depending on workouts and skill level, but it is safe to say that if you start every training session feeling worn out or in pain then you need to be resting more.

Letting boredom creep in: The biggest enemy of any training regime is boredom. Getting bored and fed up with your training is a sure fire recipe for disaster, and will often end with giving up completely. This is why variety really is the spice of life when it comes to training for any challenge or event. Studies show that the most satisfactory method of exercise is a combination of structured yet varied sessions.

Forgetting the 10 percent rule: The 10 percent rule states that a training regime should see a 10 percent increase in intensity, distance or amount every week. If you stick to the same training regime without making any changes, you might enjoy an initial confidence boost as your training gradually becomes easier. This is a common training mistake, and you will soon begin to notice your progress becomes slow or even non-existent. Remember, the ten percent figure is not set in stone — as long as you are making some sort of consistent and steady progress, you will enjoy the benefits.

Ignoring safety:  There is a fine line between pushing yourself and being reckless, and misjudging this line is a common mistake of many people who are just starting out in their training. Knowing your limits and how to safely increase them is a surprisingly tough skill to master, but will benefit your training no end once you do.

Avoiding gadgets: Have you recently taken on a challenge and decided to do it the ‘natural’ way?  Big mistake. Just because people have been training like that for hundreds of years, doesn’t mean it is the best way. Studies suggest that simple heart rate monitors have resulted in consistently improved training sessions at all levels.

Eating the wrong things:  If you are training seriously for a challenge or event, you need to get serious about your diet too.  Often people make their training harder than it needs to be by cutting back on food in the hopes that it will make them healthier. Training hard requires a healthy mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats and micro-nutrients, and things could get tough if you are not getting enough of these. On the other end of the spectrum, you will want to avoid the post-session binge. Replenishing your depleted energy stores is important, but if you fill this gap with junk food you could find that all of your training is going to waste.

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