I’m sure you’ve already heard this… Eating right goes hand in hand with working out consistently. This has been my own biggest obstacle on my fitness journey and it’s a constant battle! I’ve learned that you cannot expect exercise alone to achieve the results you want. For overall wellness, you need a balanced diet with proteins, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Don’t make bubble tea stops after your sweat sessions (guilty).
6. Performing an exercise too quickly
When it comes to lifting weights, faster is definitely not better. A good general rule for lifting is one second up and three seconds down. Rushing through it is ineffective and can cause injuries. If you’re short on time, opt for a quick HIIT routine instead.
7. Not changing up your workouts
If you continue to do the same routined workout day after day, your body will get too used to it and your results will plateau. To maximize results, mix up your routine. Strength training, Zumba, spin, bootcamp, Crossfit… there are so many possibilities to choose from. Try out new workouts and classes to challenge yourself like this one with Body Conceptions!
8. Skipping the stretch
Even if you’re running out of time, neglecting to stretch can lead to pain in your back, shoulders and neck, as well as joint injuries! Plan ahead so you have at least five minutes to stretch before leaving the gym. Stretching also helps with quicker muscle recovery. Foam rolling is a plus!
9. Relying on only running to lose weight
I try to tell my friends about this all the time. Running will not give you the results you want! In order to gain and maintain strong, sleek and sexy muscles, you need to focus more on weight training. Excessive low impact cardio like running will only “eat away” at your muscle mass. (I only run once a week because I like the feeling I get.) Your muscle mass and your joints will thank you for laying off too many runs. For the quickest results in weight loss, do high impact cardio like HIIT and tabata along with weight training.
10. Basing your progress on a scale
This one frustrates me a lot because most of my friends are scale-obsessed. They forget that muscle weighs more than fat! The only time I weigh myself is during my annual doctor’s checkup. I know that I am not defined by that number on my scale because I look and feel wonderful. So don’t let the scale discourage you. Instead, rely on body fat measurements done with a caliper or simply by how your clothes are fitting you.