Top 5 things you should not do!
You’ve decided to make a change? You want to lose weight? You’re motivated? Watch out for pitfalls!
1- Pace yourself! Be realistic and think long term. You want to exercise 5 times a week but your schedule and your motivation won’t stand up to the challenge? You should rethink your strategy. Set a workout schedule that fits into your present daily grind and you should also determine how long your workouts will last.
2- Feeling guilty. Your attitude towads slip-ups and a missed workouts can easily determine the success or failure of your commitment. It’s not because you’ve missed 2 workouts or because you’ve eaten a dessert or junk food that your program has been compromised. Don’t beat yourself over the head, and don’t give up. Take back control. Keep in mind that every moment dedicated to your health and well-being will pay-off.
3- Not eating after workouts for fear of instantly regaining all the calories you just burned! Nothing can be more false. It is imperative to refuel your energy immediately after a workout. It is the ideal time for your body to store calories in your muscles and liver (glycogen) rather than store it as fat. This post-workout snack will maintain your energy level and tide you over to your next meal. Give preference to a drink (like chocolate milk) rather than a snack food as liquid will be absorbed much quicker. The drink should be consumed 15 to 30 minutes following the end of your workout.
4- Only doing « cardio » in hopes of shedding pounds quicker.. Do you prefer a tight toned body or a skinny but saggy one? In the weight loss process, it is important to melt the fat, but it is as important to maintain your muscle mass. Muscle training will contribute to improving your posture and your silhouette while gently increasing your resting metabolism. But the biggest reward is that you’ll be stronger. And by being stronger, you will tackle those cardio workouts with vigor and you will have more energy to accomplish your daily tasks thus enabling you to burn more calories by the end of the day!
5- Just doing « crunches » in order to get that ellusive 6-pack : Alas, that 6-pack won’t magically appear by just strengthening your abdominal muscles. You need to melt the layer of fat that covers them. The best way to melt the fat is cardiovascular workouts. In order to reap the optimal benefits of your cardio workouts, you should alternate between high and moderate-intensity bursts of activity. Combine that with a great ab toning workout in order to maintain and improve your muscle mass.
By Karine Larose