Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
Hope you all had an incredible weekend! We sure did over here! Our little guy is officially 9 months old! Time is going WAY too fast. I’m going to do a Maxwell and postpartum update on Thursday, so check back if you are interested in that.
I’m so passionate about trying to help YOU become the healthiest version of yourself.
As a personal that blogs about fitness, I can tell you that I’m not perfect. I strive to keep a healthy relationship with food and exercise. I don’t want to go overboard. I don’t want to panic at a party if there is no healthy options or feel like I need to bring my own food. I don’t want to get on a stage and compete in a bikini. I don’t want to count my macros or weigh my food.
If you are doing those things and it works for you, that’s awesome! I truly mean that. No judgement over here! I’m just over here trying to make mostly health conscious choices and finding a balance that works for me.
Over the course of being in the fitness industry for about 10 years now in various capacities (from working in the strength center to personal trainer to nurse to fitness blogger) I’ve seen a lot of people start fitness journeys. I love when people start taking their health more seriously and I’m here to encourage those changes. I wanted to do this post to give you a gentle push out of your comfort zone and learn more about how you can achieve better health.
8 Common Fitness Mistakes People Make
- Not changing their diet. I had to put this one first! People start heading to the gym, jump on the treadmill, sweat buckets, and expect to see if payoff on the scale. Immediately. I get it, you are working hard! But what you eat is even more important than the work you are putting in at the gym. Do your research on what eating better looks like. As I mentioned last week I recently started reading Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck and love, love, love the message and the new information I’m ascertaining from it. I definitely think it is worth your $12. I’ll share pictures of recipes that I’ve made from it soon! If you want an expert to guide you reach out to Alison and see how she can help!
- Lacking in the sleep department. In the book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Ariana Huffington shares statistics on how important sleep is. I’ve written many, many blogs on the subject. What I wanted to share again today is this is a BIG reason people have trouble with their waist line. The amount of cortisol (a hormone) that floats around in your system if you don’t sleep enough makes it impossible to achieve your fitness goals! Yes, sleep can help you lose fat! Aim for 7-8 hours a night, going to bed within the same half hour every night! As I’ve shared, changing to dayshift and never having to work nights any more has made loads of a difference.
- Doing the same thing over and over. If I could pull all the cardio queens and kings off the darn treadmills and take them to the weight section I would in a second. And it is also vice versa, there are people that could stand to get a little more cardio in their routine. We all see them (or are them) the person that does the same thing in the gym every.single.day. Whether this is cardiovascular training or strength training, you body will better thank you if you have a well rounded routine. Your workout routine shouldn’t be ALL yoga, or ALL cardio, or ALL strength training. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing in this case. Let me take you back to my personal training days for a minute. Even though I had the knowledge, I DID TOO MUCH CARDIO. I just loved dripping sweat and getting my heart pumping. So every time I worked out I did some form of cardio training for part of the workout. I had to leave my comfort zone and cardio addiction to find more of a balance, and it has paid off big time. Nick was a huge driving factor in me changing my ways.
- NO plan. When I asked Drew what he thinks would be great to add to the list, he said, “you can’t just go to the gym and hope from one machine to another all willie nillie.” Meaning you have to understand what exercises you want to accomplish, in what order, with what volume. If there are things you don’t understand, take the time to learn from someone that does! Maybe that means you’ll jump into some group classes or hire a personal trainer. Personal trainers should really empower you to eventually be able to go on without them if you would like to, meaning teach you why they are picking each exercise for you, the rationale behind the sets/reps, etc.
- Quitting too soon. Believe me I know that we all want fast results. We have seen the Biggest Loser and wants those kinds of numbers. But what I love to preach is that fitness and healthy eating is a lifestyle. It is a way of life. There isn’t an endpoint. So if you start making positive changes in your life, see it as that. As something you want to stick to. Goes back to knowing your why and sticking to your new routine even if the scale isn’t dropping.
- Making the scale your definition of “success”. I’ve written an entire blog on this subject. The scale is not the only measurement of fitness success or progress. I saw many, many people get so caught up in this number. I get it because in my younger years I always had weight goals. But now, I weigh myself about once a month. I focus more on how I feel in my body and how my clothes fit.
- Thinking of health as something that “healthy people” do and ignoring it. Goodness! I wish there could be less of a divide between people that workout and people that don’t. People that eat loads of kale and people that eat loads of potato chips. The truth is I think people just SEE IT THIS WAY, when it isn’t actually the case. Being healthy isn’t some club you can’t get into, it is something that everyone can take part in.
- Not drinking enough water. Honestly, water should be 90% of what you drink. Far too many people are drinking sugary drinks (sports drinks, juices, sodas, sugar laden coffee drinks). If you are on a healthier path, make sure that you are hydrating enough and avoiding most other drinks…it will pay off big time!
Hope you guys have an incredible day! -Ames