5 Fitness Mistakes You Might Be Making
You might think you’re doing everything right to reach your fitness goals. But whether you are trying to lose weight, tone your body, or get ready for your first marathon, you might not be hitting your target. You’re working out and eating healthy, so what gives?
Small diet and exercise mistakes can make all the difference when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. Even little habits that seem to have no connection to fitness can add up and sabotage your results. Consider the following fitness mistakes and find out what you can do to correct them.
1. Not getting enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep is one of the most common fitness mistakes people make and can interfere with your ability to lose weight for a few reasons. For example, a lack of sleep can alter production of certain hormones that control your appetite and make you feel full. Plus, it’s hard to have the motivation to exercise and the discipline to avoid certain foods when you’re exhausted. Although individual sleep needs vary, aim for seven to eight hours of sleep on most nights.
2. Eliminating fat from your diet
Fat often gets a bad rap as something that should be avoided at all costs. But dietary fat serves an important function. Dietary fat helps your body transport certain vitamins, supports nervous system function, and gives you energy. It also helps you feel full. The key is to eat the right kind of fat. Gorging on potato chips and fried foods is not going to score you any points in the fitness department. Instead, consider eating healthy fats from sources such as nuts, avocado, fish, and olive oil.
3. Only doing cardio
Cardio is great for heart health and to burn fat. But it’s not all you need. If you’re trying to lose weight, you might hop on the treadmill or elliptical without giving too much thought to strength training – but this is one of the worst fitness mistakes you can make. Strength training is equally important. Strength training builds lean muscle, and lean muscle increases your base metabolic rate. That means you’ll burn more calories even when you’re just hanging around watching TV or sleeping. Whether you do body weight exercises or free weights, consider adding strength training to your routine a few days a week.
4. Not eating enough calories
You want to get lean, so naturally you think you have to eat less. The trouble is when you cut calories too drastically, your body thinks it’s being starved, so it tries to store fat and your metabolism slows. Remember, if you are trying to lose weight, calories are not the enemy. Cutting calories enough to lose one pound a week – a deficit of about 500 calories per day – is a good goal.
5. Always doing the same workout routine
If you do the same workout all the time, your body adapts to the exercises. You’re not being challenged, so results slow and then grind to a halt. To progress to the next level and keep your muscles guessing, change things up a bit. Changing your workout might mean switching activities, adding more weight, or doing interval training. Try to do something different every few weeks.
Does your fitness routine need a wake-up call to get you back on track to your health and fitness goals? The personal trainers at Elite Triangle Fitness are here to help you with a program designed for your needs. Call us for a free consultation today!