Just because you’re an active person, it doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily getting the best results. There are many different types of mistakes you could be making that may be holding back your progress. When you make a habit out of these mistakes, it only makes things worse.
Have a look at the following common habits people often have and see if any of them apply to you. If they do, consider making some changes to them so you’ll be able to get a lot more out of your workout strategy.
- Exercising on an empty stomach – There are tons – TONS – of experts out there who will tell you that if you want great fat burning results, you need to work out on an empty stomach. Unfortunately, this reflects a lack of understanding about the way the body works and how it consumes fuel. Top athletes, fitness experts, nutrition experts and doctors alike know that if you want to get the very most from your fitness routines, you need to fuel our body. Fasted cardio may be popular but its benefits come with a string of drawbacks. For one thing, the benefits you see at the start are not sustainable. It may help out in the very first part of your workout, but once your blood sugar drops below a certain point, your body starts to draw glycogen from your muscles. The result is that you actually end up burning through your muscles instead of building lean mass. The opposite of what you want! Furthermore, when your blood sugar drops, your performance suffers and your risk weakness and dizziness. Instead, the key is to eat the correct foods a half hour before a workout – such as berries, a banana or some yogurt (or blend them together for an awesome smoothie).
- Working out with bad form – Unless you’re doing your moves properly, you’re not going to benefit from them as you should. At the same time, poor form during your workouts also places you at risk of injury. That not only hurts but it can force you to have to sit out many of your exercises while you heal, causing you to lose the progress you’d already achieved.
- Not balancing your workout types – You may have certain goals but that doesn’t mean that you can do all strength training, all cardio or all flexibility training. Your body needs all these things to be healthy, and every one of those types of workout will contribute to your final goal. For example, while cardio workouts may be the best at burning calories at the time, strength training helps you to build lean muscle mass which will help your body to burn more calories even while you’re not exercising. They all work together.