Physically active people who exercise and have healthy fitness habits tend to be happier and healthier throughout their lives. If you struggle to maintain an active lifestyle or are frustrated with your current routine, you might be making some of these fitness mistakes.
1. NOT HAVING A PLAN
The difference between going to the grocery store with and without a list is a lot like the difference between exercising with and without a plan. Grocery shopping without a list tends to lead to wasted time and perhaps forgetting important items you needed. Exercising without a plan also seems to leave you wasting time, and you are not likely to be as efficient as you’d be with a plan.
2. REPEATING THE SAME WORKOUTS OVER & OVER
It’s easy to get in the habit of doing the same workout repeatedly, but this practice can put a halt on potential progress.
What to do instead: Try to work out different muscle groups each day, and add variation to your cardio. It’s also important to change up your cardio workouts to ensure your body doesn’t adapt to a specific regimen.
3. HAVING AN ALL OR NOTHING ATTITUDE
Many of us have experienced intense commitment and devotion to a fitness regime followed by a loss of motivation due to lack of moderation. This mindset can lead to brief spurts of productive, maybe excessive workouts, followed by longer periods of unproductive exercise, or simply not exercising all together.
What To Do Instead: Find a schedule and routine that works for your lifestyle, and commit to it. The first step is to figure out what works for you. For instance, if you know that you are not a morning person, don’t plan to workout before sunrise. And on the other hand, if you know that you gradually lose steam throughout the day and will not have energy to complete a workout in the evening, plan to work out in the early hours of the day.
4. TOO MUCH CARDIO & NOT ENOUGH STRENGTH TRAINING
Cardio has a reputation for being the ultimate fat burner, but while cardio is an integral part of health and fitness, your cardio regimen shouldn’t overshadow your strength training.
What To Do Instead: Balance strength training and cardio for the best results. Many fitness experts recommend doing short periods of high intensity cardio rather than long, drawn out cardio sessions. Some studies have also shown that strength and resistance exercise may boost your metabolism long after you finish your workout.