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Avoid These 3 Common Fitness Mistakes

As you know, there’s nothing I love more than helping people meet their health and fitness goals and inspiring my clients and readers.  There are so many positive benefits to working out and eating well-balanced, nutritious meals that it hardly seems fair to say that you can make a lot of mistakes in trying to achieve your own goals, but it’s true.  Let’s talk about 3 common fitness mistakes.

3 Fitness Mistakes To Avoid

not eating enough1. Not eating enough.  When people start to lose weight and see the benefits, whether it’s fitting into an old pair of jeans or losing that beer belly, some people think if they reduce their calories or meals even further, they’ll lose more weight, more quickly.  The opposite is actually true.  Your body needs a consistent amount of calories and a regular eating schedule to increase metabolism and burn fat.  When you starve your body of calories, it begins to burn muscle, not fat.  This doesn’t do anyone any good.  Sure, the scale may show a temporary weight loss, but in the end, you’re robbing your body of important calories and your metabolism will slow down.  The pounds will creep back up faster than you can imagine.

Eat small, nutritious meals throughout the day.  Make sure to balance lean proteins, leafy green vegetables, fiber-rich fruits and good carbs to fuel your body.  You’ll see and feel the difference.

exercising too much2. Working out too much. Yes, you can actually work out too much.  Of course you can lift too much weight or do too many reps and cause yourself injury.  But what you might not realize is that your body has a finite ability to recover from training.  You can easily do weight training too many days in a row for your body to keep up with.  You can do too much cardio, to the point that you’re no longer burning fat and calories, you’re actually causing your body to start breaking down.   When you finish a workout, you should feel tired, but energized.  If you find yourself feeling light headed or have abnormal muscle fatigue, you should stop and re-evaluate your workout.

The key to seeing benefits of your workout is to also give your body rest.  You need time to rebuild muscle and see better definition.  You can try alternating weight and cardio workouts throughout the week, or stick with the conventional 3-4 days of weights and cardio 5-6 days per week.  Also be sure to give yourself a day of rest.  My rest day is Saturday.

sleep kitten3. Not sleeping enough.  Sleep deprivation is one of the worst things you can do for yourself.  Telling yourself you can get by on 5 – 6 hours of sleep per night, or even less, is a lie.  Whether or not you believe in the general guideline of 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night doesn’t really matter.  You need to give your body and mind a full night’s sleep to recover from the day’s activity and turn over new cells – brain, skin, muscle and build your metabolism. Even if you don’t think you need it, your body definitely does.  Make time to get a full night’s sleep every night.  Get rid of the distractions, like cell phones, tablets and TV, in your bedroom.  Drink some hot tea or take a warm bath or shower to help your body and mind relax before sleep.

You’ll begin to see the benefits of better sleep, not just in your health and fitness, but at work and in your relationships.  You may even be able to cut back on your caffeine habits as well.

Contact me today to create a great workout and nutrition program that’s right for you.

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