CentricTV.com Fitness Tips: Five Fitness Mistakes to AvoidPublished by Yvelette Stines on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:30 am.
The road to a healthier lifestyle isn’t paved in gold. Changing life long bad habits can be a challenge, and road blocks (i.e: junk food temptations) are sure to lead you off your path to getting and staying fit. If you’re just starting out your journey or you are caught up in weight loss madness, check out these five fitness mistakes to avoid. Here’s to better health!
Mistake #1: No Set Plan
If you don’t have established goals to help you meet your objectives, you may end up frustrated.
Make Over: Set specific goals that you can achieve every day. Let the success of small goals build your momentum to achieve your final objective of a healthy lifestyle or weight loss. Determine what goals are best in your structured exercise program. Write down your plan, keep reminders in various locations and make yourself accountable by telling family and friends your goals.
Mistake #2: Overdoing It
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is common when starting a challenging new workout routine and may deter you from maintaining your routine. If you are over-enthusiastic and attempt too much too soon, you’ll feel the effects for several days, sometimes even weeks.
Make Over: To avoid hitting a DOMS roadblock, start slow and build up to a steady, challenging workout. Concentrate on proper technique and learn the basics before moving onto difficult workouts.
Mistake #3: Watching The Clock
Some experts suggest that you should spend at least an hour in the gym in order to see results, but sometimes our schedules won’t permit us to do so.
Make Over: Use your time wisely. Working out for 20 available minutes is significantly better than not working out at all. The key is to establish a flexible, enjoyable routine that works with your lifestyle. Doing so will make you more likely to stick with it.
Mistake #4: Over-Eating After A Workout
Exercisers often think they have “earned” the extra calories burned through a workout and end up eating more than normal.
Make Over: Many weight loss experts cite this as the reason why exercisers actually put on extra pounds. Be aware of your food intake after a workout and keep in mind that while your body needs carbohydrates and protein to refuel after exercising, your post-workout intake should not be significantly more than your normal intake.
Mistake #5: Replacing Sleep With Exercise
With busy schedules and hectic work weeks, people sometimes sacrifice sleep in order to fit in a workout.
Make Over: Sleep is vital for hormonal balance. While adjusting your schedule to incorporate fitness is important, it should not mean that you are going without sleep to do so. If you are getting up one hour earlier to exercise, go to bed one hour earlier to maintain a healthy balance.