Last week, we talked about five of the most common workout mistakes men make when hitting the gym. Unfortunately, there are more where those came from. Let’s take a look at the next five workout habits to avoid when planning your next exercise routine.

Starting Out Too Quickly

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When most people start exercising, the desire to make a workout count can be taken too far. When starting a new exercise program, it’s very important to be realistic and to know your limits. It’s very easy to get discouraged by taking on more reps or miles than you can handle, then realizing you’re out of shape.

Take it slow, and results will follow. It may take a while, but it’s a safer technique and is far more likely to lead to long-term success.

Neglecting Certain Muscle Groups and Flexibility

While women often focus on core strength, abdominal workouts, and flexibility, men tend to go for arm, back, and chest workouts. Planks and similar exercises may seem silly, but they can help get your core the strength it needs.

Don’t discount the possibility of yoga for increasing your flexibility! Don’t ignore muscle groups if you truly want to be fit and toned. That said, make sure each workout is focused so you get in a worthwhile session. Try rotating a few routines throughout the week to work out all your muscles.

Skipping Interval Training

Cardio workouts are much more effective if you spend a few minutes going all out, followed by a few minutes of rest. Don’t waste your time running at the same pace for an hour. Try interval training for maximum results, super calorie burning, and increased endurance.

Losing Motivation

It’s easy to get bored or discouraged with an exercise program. Make it a point to keep up your motivation by working out with a friend, tracking your progress, setting goals for yourself, and making time to exercise. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results right away–it takes time to get in shape. The experts say that it takes about three weeks before noticing a difference.

Gynecomastia & Substances

We talked last week about how exercising won’t help resolve gynecomastia (male breast enlargement). This week, we’re going to discuss how substances affect this gynecomastia. Some people, when bodybuilding or training for a sport, will resort to steroid use to bulk up.

Besides the fact that these drugs can have serious long-term effects, they can also lead to the development of gynecomastia. No matter how tempting, stay away from performance-enhancing drugs. They simply aren’t worth it.

Already Suffering?

If gynecomastia has already affected your body and your self-esteem, consider a male breast reduction consultation with our New York gynecomastia experts. This surgery involves laser liposuction and excision of breast gland tissue, and should only be performed by a doctor with expertise in surgical treatment of the condition.

For more information on gynecomastia surgery at our Long Island or NYC surgical centers, call to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Sources:

http://m.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/6-not-so-obvious-newbie-training-mistakes?page=6

http://www.askmen.com/top_10/fitness/top-10-common-workout-mistakes_2.html

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/exercises/5-common-exercise-mistakes-men-make.html#b

*Always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any workout or exercise routine.