When a person embarks on their fitness journey they have the best of intentions. This doesn’t mean that they won’t make mistakes. Here are some thing to stop doing at the gym.
Things To Stop Doing At The Gym
You know that cardio burns calories so it’s tempting to think doing more is better. This is not the case. Instead of spending an hour at a moderate pace on a piece of cardio equipment go for 30 minutes of high intensity intervals, or HIIT. A basic HIIT session could be 30 seconds of hard work followed by 30 seconds of active recovery. You could split this up among a few different cardio machines or set up a cardio circuit such as burpees, jump squats, side shuffles, step ups – anything that increases your heart rate.
Drinking sugary electrolyte drinks.
For the average workout you won’t need an electrolyte drink. Doing endurance training for 90 minutes or more or training in extreme heat will make using an electrolyte drink necessary. If you’re going to the gym for your 30-60 minute, workout you don’t need it. If you are doing training that requires you to replace electrolytes get a high quality one as opposed to one of the brightly coloured sugar laden ones you find at most stores.
Drinking cheap, sugary protein drinks.
Protein is important for muscle recovery and shakes can be a super convenient way to get that dose of protein but make sure your protein drink is healthy! Read the ingredients! Stay away from shakes that have syrup, nectar, any ingredients that end in ‘ose’ or any other added sugar. Cane sugar is not a healthy alternative – it has the same physiological effect in your body as any processed sugar. Cane sugar is less processed but it’s still sugar. Hint: if your protein shake is cheap, there’s a reason. Invest in a good protein shake. This is your health! Never cheap out on your health because without it you’ve got nothing!
Doing the same workout forever.
Your body will adapt to any stress that it’s exposed to over and over again. This means that after a while, that workout that was getting you great results won’t work as well. You need to switch things up every 4-8 weeks. Change up your exercises and/or reps and/or speed of reps and/or amount of weight you’re lifting…..make changes regularly!
Not asking for help and support.
Face it – getting fit and healthy is not easy and it’s not fast. At the start of any program you’ll feel motivated but motivation starts to fade after a while. Then what? Ask your friends and family for support. Get a workout buddy that will help keep you accountable or join an accountability group on Facebook. Treat yourself to some sessions with a trainer to learn proper technique. Hire an online coach to design a program for you. No matter how great your intentions are, chances are that at some point you’re going to need a little push from someone.
Commit To Your Health & Fitness
Your health is not something to be taken for granted. Start living a healthy lifestyle now and make good use of your time at the gym. You’ll be stronger both physically and mentally which is SO worth the time and effort.