We all want to stay fit, stay active, and be the best versions of ourselves.. And we all do everything right to make it happen! Right?
We work out as per our plan, do all the exercises right, focus on the forms, but end up not seeing the results we want.
All of us want results when it comes to fitness and weight loss, and we want them FAST. So, what do we do to make sure it happens? We take up some good habits, and a lot of bad ones! Lets take a look at 4 so-called “good” habits that actually aren’t good for you at all!
- Not eating enough
Many women worry about eating too much, or eating the “right kind of food” to lose weight. As a result, you start skipping meals and over-exercising to reach your fitness goals. Because of this, you end up consuming lesser calories than what your body requires!
There is a fine line between consuming too few calories and slowing down your metabolism, and consuming too many calories and creating a haven for stored fat!!
Focus on eating just enough. No more, no less!
- Over training
This may sound odd to you, but working out too much is just as bad as working out too little! If you are working out so frequently that you feel tired and washed out all the time, what’s the point?
Your body needs recovery time to take care of those exercised muscles and to replenish your energy. Do “active recovery” instead, like a walk, yoga or just stretching!
So, simply put, Take a Break! Moderation really is the key.
- Screw the scale!
How many of us check our weight on the scale? One eye closed, one foot hovering, and a small peek, then a small shriek!
Why? Why do we put ourselves through so much for something that means so little?
As a matter of fact, muscle tissue is denser than fat tissue. So, in simple terms, 1 kg of muscle will take up less space than 1 kg of fat, and still weigh the same! So STOP checking your weight all the time!
The goal should be fat loss, not weight loss!
In today’s world, we are all running from one checkpoint to another. No time to breathe, and definitely no time to sleep!
But lack of sleep doesn’t result in those pesky little shadows under your eyes. The damage goes deeper that that!
Being sleep deprived slows down your metabolism and makes you feel tired all day (obviously!). It also affects the hormones that control appetite, urging you to reach for snacks at all times! So, what can you do to make sure your fitness regime shows you the results you want to see?
Try some of these tips below!
- Work out in moderation. Don’t overdo it.
- Keep changing your workout routine to keep it fun.
- Take active recovery days.
- Keep your cell phones AWAY while working out.
- Eat well, and eat right. No skipping meals!
- Avoid packaged and processed meals. Get your nutrition from fresh food!
- Stay hydrated! Take small sips during your workout.
- Get enough sleep at night.
- Just have fun!!
The last one really is very important. Don’t see your fitness routine as something you have to do. Enjoy every exercise, every rep, every meal and you’ll see results a lot faster! And if you don’t enjoy it? Change it! Fortunately, in today’s world, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the kind of workouts you want to do or food you can choose to eat!
I know I have my favorite workout styles to get me out of those gloomy days. Which ones are yours?
Tell us in the comments below!!