So you have made the decision to lose a few pounds and get fit?
No doubt you have made changes to your diet plan, which is a great start, but what about your exercise regime? Is there anything you can do that will stop you from achieving your weight loss goals?
Here are some common fitness mistakes that prevent weight loss from occurring. Make sure you try to avoid these.
#1: You go to the gym without a plan
If you visit the gym minus a plan then how will you know what to focus your attention on?
For best results you need to work as many muscles or muscle groups as possible.
A lack of a plan could result in you wandering aimlessly around the gym, wasting valuable time, or worse still staying on one machine for the entirety of your workout.
I would suggest that before you visit the gym think about the layout and what muscles you want to work. You can then plan accordingly, so that you can move between exercises seamlessly without wasting a second.
#2: You are distracted by your phone
Nowadays it seems that everyone has their phones seemingly glued to their hands, which is not a good thing when it comes to working out.
If you are not concentrating on your workout then it is unlikely that you are paying much attention to your intensity, or even your form, which could lead to an ineffective workout, or worse still an injury.
By all means take your phone with you for music, or to track your workout. But if you are playing games or messaging throughout your workout then something is seriously wrong.
#3: You only focus on cardio
Yes, cardio is great for burning calories, but is it the best option?
Certainly pounding away for hours on the treadmill is certainly not fun, well at least for me anyway.
Personally I would recommend you incorporate strength training into your regime too.
Not only will it help burn calories long after your workout has ended, but you will also be able to build lean muscle mass too.
This extra muscle can increase your overall metabolic rate, meaning you are able to burn off more calories than normal even when resting.
#4: You don’t track your workouts
To continually see results you need to push yourself each workout, therefore it makes sense that you track what you have done during each workout.
Whether you have run 5k or squatted 50 kg, you should note it down, and during the next workout try to push yourself that much harder.
#5: Your intensity is too low
Are you simply going through the motions when you exercise? If so then you are not going to get the best results possible.
Each workout you should give 100%, and like I mentioned earlier you should try and push yourself harder each workout too.
If you are not even working up a sweat then chances are you are not going to see any benefit.
#6: Your gym routine is boring
Our final tip would be to ensure that your gym routine is exciting and fun, which will ensure you want to do it, and do it regularly.
If you are doing the same boring routine each time you visit the gym then chances are you are not going to stick with it long-term.
With so many exercises and activities you can take part in there really is no excuse why you have to be stuck with a gym routine that you don’t enjoy.