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Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1

Even Experienced Exercisers Can Be Guilty of These


  • Thank you for this article! I've saved it as a reminder to myself.

    This is good information for anyone with a fitness goal, whether it's to lose weight, or gain muscle.
    Seems most commented on the stretching section, which is great, but the instant gratification item is so important as well. So many (including myself) want to give up when the scale doesn't move as quick as we think it should.
    Thanks again!! - 8/30/2015 8:59:23 AM
  • I've been exercising to Leslie Sansone DVDs for years and that is one thing she always stresses (warm-up, cool down and stretch) so I have carried those practices into the gym with me. I am amazed at how many people do not practice this. I usually get strange looks when I stretch at the end of my routine. Cudos to Leslie Sansone! - 6/1/2015 9:27:50 AM
  • Great article. My hubby always tell me that I should stretch. But I don't listen. But I guess I need to read this. I am guilty. So I will do stretching after my exercise. - 12/2/2013 10:48:47 AM
  • I have always been a committed stretcher but somehow lately it has been getting lost in the shuffle. This is a good reminder to me to get back to it so I don't lose my flexibility. - 5/18/2013 10:15:32 PM
  • Good article. I used to use stretches in rapid repetition more as a warm up. But with what I've been reading recently, these are only to be used afterward. Guess I've been doing it all wrong for years. At 52, I only put on the weight in the last three years. - 4/11/2013 6:28:22 AM
  • I am 62 and work out at least an hour and a half 90% of the month, with a warm up at the start and 10 minute total body stretch routine at the end. It helps with my balance, flexibility. - 4/10/2013 12:51:37 PM
    Good info. I'm amazed at the number of exercise videos out there that seem to skip the stretching and warm-up at the beginning or the end. I've also run across a few strength training videos that have you racing through the moves in a way that I am sure is not healthy or safe for the joints. Buyer beware. As someone who has to do low impact and be careful with my joints, I have learned the hard way to trust my gut when trying new videos. There is a BIG difference between being challenged (in a healthy way) and being rushed. Trust your instincts about what feels right! - 4/10/2013 9:32:05 AM
  • In my younger days, I was very stretched out and flexible, but many years and 75 pounds later, not so much. HOWEVER, I started a new exercise activity and began stretching again. I am very pleased to report that you can regain much of your original flexibility!

    I may not be at 100% but I am definitely seing major improvements and believe that if I could discipline myself to put in the time, I could recapture nearly 95% of my flexibility capacity. Even now, in my early 50's.
    - 4/10/2013 9:09:36 AM
  • I always thought starting a workout slowly would incorporate the warmup at the same time without the stretching.
    I'm afraid I dislike stretching. Don't know why. Can't get into it. That's why I don't like yoga. - 4/10/2013 8:56:01 AM
    Great reminders.....esp as we age, w/o scar tissue on torn muscles!!! - 3/16/2013 11:00:30 AM
  • I can't do exercise; but is a great article. I can't take 5 pounds on my hands. I can't pick up a baby born. - 8/21/2012 12:23:37 AM
  • You are so right, we all skip a warm-up, cool-down and even stretching. It is funny because when I teach a class all the above are very large components of the workouot; however if I am working out alone and pressed for time I will skip one of them!! I guess I should practice what I preach!! - 3/1/2011 11:35:20 AM
  • You know I used to TEACH karatedo for 10 years and even I am guilty of skipping a warm up even though I should KNOW better. - 1/20/2011 3:08:10 PM
    Stretching WORKS: Now I'm a dead-ringer for Gumby! - 1/19/2011 8:30:59 PM
    we don't all want to lose weight! some of us are trying to gain...please, a few suggestions on this front. - 1/19/2011 4:39:11 PM

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