If you are like most of us, your fitness routine is less a routine and more of a roller coaster. You set your goals and promise yourself that you will stick to your regime with the goal of getting in shape and staying in shape. Perhaps you have weight loss goals or perhaps you are wanting to just have overall good health. If you are finding that you are not reaching those goals, you may be inadvertently sabotaging yourself.
Hitting the Fitness Trail Too Hard
When you begin a fitness plan or are back working out after a break, there is a tendency to go at it with an “all or nothing” approach. Depending on your fitness level, this can prove to be very detrimental to your overall goal. Overdoing it can cause injury that may sideline you for several days or weeks. Regardless of your choice of exercise, remember that you need to start light. For example, if jogging is your preferred workout, don’t try to run 5k your first week. Also, make sure you give yourself time to recover. Do not do the same exercises every day. Mix it up. If you are doing weight training one day, do cardio the next.
Ignoring Your Diet
Regardless of whether your goal is to be fit or to be fit and lose weight, nutrition is the number one factor that can sabotage your plans. Eating a well balanced diet must be included as part of your fitness goals. Eating food high in bad fat will not help you lose weight, no matter how much you work out.
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Skipping Meals or Not Getting Enough Calories
When you want to lose weight, it is essential that you cut your caloric intake. You must burn more calories than you eat. Often though, this can lead to cutting out meals entirely or eating too few calories to sustain a healthy lifestyle. If you are unsure what your calorie intake should be, check out the Mayo Clinic Calculator.
Setting Unreasonable Goals
It is so important to think about what your goals are and then set them in a reasonable way. If weight loss is part of your plan, do not expect to lose a huge amount in a short period of time. If you are unsure of the best way to lose weight, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you with your options and may even be able to recommend a dietitian who can help you with your eating plan. While setting your fitness goals, consider your best options. Do not get a membership to the most expensive gym if you have a history of bailing after a month. Instead, try something different. Join a local walking or running group instead. The best way to stay on track is to share your fitness experience.
Being Too Hard on Yourself
If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up. There are times when you will succumb to cravings or not make it to the gym for a few days or overindulge in all those things you are not supposed to eat. That’s OK. Think about what you have accomplished and keep the positive thoughts flowing. Don’t compare yourself to others. This is your journey.