Sometimes it can hard to keep going on an exercise routine when you aren’t seeing any results. I see so many girls absolutely killing themselves at the gym, on majorly restrictive diets and still not getting the results they want. In my years of training, I’ve learnt a few common mistakes I still see so many girls make when it comes to health and fitness. So I’m here are some common fitness mistakes I see all the time.
1. Not lifting weights
I hear it time and time again from women who are scared that lifting weights will make them bulky. However, if you want to burn fat at your most efficient levels, then having muscles will make your body do that. And trust me you do not get bulky from lifting weights. Don’t be scared to pick them up and give them a go. My whole body changed when I started lifting weights and that was when my true body transformation took place. The best thing about having lean muscle is that it burns more calories too, which means you can actually eat more food.
2. No eating enough
Let me just say one thing and I couldn’t say this enough, deprivation diets don’t work. Or if you lose weight on them they aren’t good for the long term. When you put yourself on majorly calorie restrictive diet, you don’t provide your body with enough nutrients to function properly. You need to eat healthy nutritious food that not only gives you energy for your workout but to help you get through day to day life. By dieting and depriving yourself you can miss out on getting essential nutrients, leaving you worn out, tired and sick. Often resulting in giving up or going on a big binge. Remember it’s important to make healthy living a lifestyle not crash dieting.
3. Not resting
It’s so important to incorporate rest days into your exercise routine. Rest days are for your body to heal and regenerate after extensive exercise. If you don’t allow your body to rest then it will go into overdrive and you won't get the results you want. We cannot expect our bodies to recover and work with us if we don't allow it recuperate after strenuous exercise. Getting enough sleep is also important as this when the body heals. I always recommend 7 - 8 hours a night but this can depend from person to person.
4. Long hours of cardio
As I said above a key to burning fat and getting lean is to build muscle, which can only be achieved by lifting weights. Running for an hour on the treadmill isn’t going to give you the results you want. I personally like to do strength training and High-Intensity Interval Training when I want to get maximum results. HIIT are short and intense workouts where you perform one exercise after another with little or no rest in between. It includes core, cardiovascular and resistance training so it promotes power, flexibility & aerobic endurance while shredding fat to get a lean defined physique. The best thing about it is you can burn way more calories in half the time compared to going for a long distance run. I still like to use cardio, and I’m not writing it off completely but don’t just use it as your single form of exercise.
5. Keeping the same routine
If you keep doing the same routine day in and day out, then your body get’s accustomed to your routine and you can often plateau and stop seeing results. Doing the same routines with little variety or challenge is not only ineffective over the long term but it’s downright boring. My new F.I.T. program has been designed to ensure you don’t plateau. With my program, just when your body adapts, the intensity or type of exercise changes (every 4-5 days) - so not only will you find you’re capable of increasingly complex and challenging moves, it will help you naturally bust through plateaus and boost motivation because you’re doing something different almost every workout.
I hope you guys found these tips useful to start getting that body you’ve always wanted. If you want to start training at a whole new way, then you can try out my new F.I.T. program for free on my one day pass. Check it out here.