I know how frustrating it can be to feel lost when you’re working out.
It’s even worse when you feel like you’re giving it your all, and you’re still not getting the results you want, continuously.
It’s beyond irritating, am I right?
You feel like you’re doing everything right. You’re exercising now, shouldn’t you be losing more weight, more inches, gaining lean muscle?
What if I told you that despite going to the gym everyday you could still be making some big exercise no-no’s?
No-no’s that are affecting your progress. As you gasp in horror, quickly thinking to yourself all the possible ways you can fix this, let me jump in.
It’s nothing that can’t be fixed! You really can achieve the results you desire by simply fixing these 5 common exercise mistakes.
You go to the gym. Sometimes.
How many times do you set out to go to the gym 6 days a week? Then find yourself only going 2 or 3 days. It happens. Life gets in the way. But when we find life getting in the way every week it can have a huge impact on our results.
It’s better to be realistic with your exercise goals. If you’re never going to make it 6 days a week, don’t plan to. In most cases, it’ll make you feel like you failed. Leading you to miss more workouts. But instead if you focus on simply making it to the gym 4 days a week, you’ll be more consistent in your efforts over the long haul.
Working out too long.
We’ve all heard this before… “Working out longer will get you better results, faster.”
Whoever sold us that line really wanted people trudging away on that rusty treadmill in the corner.
And so you’ve found yourself hitting the gym for longer periods of time. Most of the time dreading going at all (see above, inconsistently) because you don’t want to be in the gym for hours.
So many women think if they work out longer it will get them better results. But they just end up burning themselves out.
Or not pushing yourself. If you know you’re going to be there for over an hour there’s no urgency. If you only have 30 minutes it gives you enough reason to push yourself a little harder.
I get it.
Learning to use weights can be confusing.
Maybe it’s because we always stuck to the cardio room. Or maybe because for so long we were told it would “bulk us up” that we avoided the weights like the plague.
Now we know the best way to create lean muscle is to pick up those weights. But too many of us tend to pick up lighter weights.
Which is fine when you first start out. But if you want to make progress and build sculpted muscles you’ll have to continue to go up in weight as you get stronger.
That being said, Be careful not to overdo it on weight either. If you feel your form is suffering you need to lower the weight. Once you find that sweet spot though… …you’ll be gaining lean muscle in no time.
Being a Treadmill Queen
It’s happened to a lot of us.
You jump on the treadmill, you see how many calories you’ve burned, and you’re hooked. But, always doing steady state cardio will mean logging more gym hours with less progress.
It takes longer because your body becomes accustomed to the same workout you’ve been doing over and over.
Make sure to keep your body guessing. The easiest way to do this is constantly varying your exercise routine.
Cardio. High intensity interval training. Strength training.
When you mix it up your muscles are guessing at your next move. That means more calories burned without hours on a treadmill.
I definitely know you’ve heard this before…
…But it needs repeating.
Always stretch before and after your workout. Stretching before your workout ensures your body is ready and loosened up. This helps you avoid injury, and helps you have a better workout. Stretching after helps to reduce soreness, and muscle fatigue.
If you can avoid making these 5 mistakes when you exercise I can tell you right now you’ll soon be seeing better results.
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