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What are the BIGGEST Workout Mistakes?

As we quickly approach the first of the year, many are questioning if they need to start a workout plan or if their current one needs to be tweaked. 

We all go into this with the best of intentions but with all the information available, it can be a complete overload. Why does one plan work and the other one fails?

Let’s check out a few of the BIGGEST mistakes seen that are centered around our workouts AND what we can do about it.

The biggest mistakes are seen when starting a new workout plan or tweaking your current one is:

  1. Repeating the exact workout over and over

  2. Eating more to compensate for the increased hunger

  3. Lopsided Training

  4. Slowing down activities outside of the workout

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Before we head into the BIGGEST areas to watch for, let’s pause for just a moment and say this…any workout is better than no workout.

Movement is movement.

For many of us, we are not looking to enter a strongman or fitness competition and instead are seeking a body that feels good. One that is healthy, strong, can take the stairs AND be able to breath, and to be able to pick up something that we drop on the ground.

If this is you, keep reading.

When we start a new workout or looking to tweak a current workout, there are a few areas to keep an eye on.

biggest workout mistakes

#1: Putting your workout on repeat

It’s like the definition of insanity where we keep doing the same thing but expect different results.

Unfortunately, our bodies are smart. They are like “I see you girl…and you did that yesterday”. While we may see immediate results with a new workout, our bodies will quickly slow down the visible results if the same EXACT workout is done over and over.

I teach a group fitness class and we are constantly mixing this up. New leg move…new arm move…changing our cardio around. This is to keep the body completely confused as new muscle groups are worked.

(selfish plug…want to see a snippet of class? Check out our YouTube page HERE)

If you have found a workout that you LOVE, keep doing it. AND add in just a few other things around it. Think different activities, levels, lengths, and intensities.

  1. If you are doing a group fitness class, try grabbing the next weight up

  2. If you are doing a spin class, try turning the knob a half turn more

  3. Totally add in something new. Go try out that new class you have been stalking, go for a long walk in the park, or head out to the weight section of the gym and lift some metal

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#:2: Feeding the hunger

When you exercise, you get hungry…more often. Vicious cycle. Dealing with hunger can be an uphill battle as there is that inner voice saying “girl…you can totally eat exercised hard today”.

I will always say, if you are hungry eat. Don’t wait until you are starving as that never ends well. For me this usually ends in a total pantry raid!

Instead, plan ahead. Throw that bottle of water and snack into your gym bag. Sometimes all we need is something to drink. Hunger and thirst can be tricky in knowing which is which. Water is a super easy starting point.

#3: Loopsided Training

Do you find that you are only do cardio workouts? Or maybe only doing yoga?

One thing that may be missing from your workouts is a balanced workout of cardio, strength training, and flexibility work.

Take that vanilla workout and turn it into a colorful masterpiece of choices.

We need all three to rep the rewards of a good workout plan.

biggest workout mistakes

#4: Slowing down activities outside of the workout

You did that killer workout and now it’s time to veg on the couch for the day.

Don’t’ stop moving! Like seriously…don’t stop moving.

We are going to go real science-y (let me put my glasses on).

Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT). Showeeee that is a mouthful. This is what accounts for a good chunk of your calories burned during a normal day. This is any physical movement that is outside of intentional exercise. Think walking around, cooking, cleaning, or even that mid-day dance party.

When your NEAT decreases, the metabolism also slows. This leads to less calories being burned.

What “extra” movement can you do during the day? What is easy to build right into your normal routine?

Wrapping this one up!

This was a quick one today but leaves a lot to think about.

Which one really stood out to you? Tell me in the comments.

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