With the summer approaching everyone wants to look their best. You may have started working out last year and stopped seeing results or you want to start tomorrow and need to make sure that you are doing things correctly.
Some people are sabotaging their workout and don’t even know it. Avoiding these common mistakes will take you a long way toward your goals.
1. You exercise without drinking water.
If you are someone who likes to weigh yourself before a workout, make sure to not skip out on the pre-workout hydration. It is recommended that you drink one ounce of water for every ten pounds of body weight (200 pounds = 20 ounces) one to two hours prior to exercise. Then you should drink periodically during your workout to replenish what you sweat out.
2. You read while exercising.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t chew gum and walk at the same time. Much less exercise and read. Most people who read while exercising are so distracted that they are not working out at the optimal intensity to burn a significant amount of calories. Now if you are not like me and you can get in an intense workout while flipping the pages of a book or magazine, don’t let me stop you.
3. You skip weight training.
This is one of the biggest things women are afraid to do. They feel that weight training will make them bulk up when they want to lose weight. The opposite is true, if you combine cardio with weights you can boost your metabolism which will help you lose weight. Also studies find that you eat less when you combine the two as well contributing to weight loss.
4. You trust calorie-burn estimates on the cardio machine.
Research presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Conference found that elliptical trainers overestimate calorie burn by an average of 30%. I know that is disheartening when you think you just burned off that candy bar you had as a snack. Instead of your goal being how many calories you burned, how about move from walking to running. Or increase the resistance on the machine and see how far you can go.
5. You hate your workout.
I think this is the most important thing to remember. It doesn’t matter how effective an exercise is if you hate doing it. If every time you think about working out you cringe, it’s time to find a new exercise. Fitness is not a one size fits all, you have to find what works for you. Keep in mind, exercise is meant to push you beyond your limit. Therefore you are not going to have the warm and fizzes every time you go to the gym, but it shouldn’t be so dreadful that you just can’t bring yourself to do it.