Are you sabotaging your fitness goals? Avoid these common mistakes.
Mistake No. 2: Not writing down goals. Studies show that people who chart short- and long-term goals accomplish more of them.
Mistake No. 3: Strength-training the same muscles on consecutive days. This prevents proper recovery and growth. Allow one to two days before working the same muscle groups.
Mistake No. 4: Holding your breath. Proper breathing is almost as important as proper form. Exhale as you lift, and inhale as you lower.
Mistake No. 5: Not eating enough protein. To lose weight and tone up, your plan should include cardio, strength training and a lower-calorie diet that’s high in protein — about three-quarters of a gram per pound of your ideal body weight. More protein enhances the effects of exercise and decreases fat without muscle loss.
Mistake No. 6: Being distracted during workouts. Reading or watching a complex TV show can actually slow your pace. Instead, listen to energetic music or try a sitcom (just be sure to place the screen at eye level for better performance).
Mistake No. 7: Ignoring flexibility and balance training. Both are key to overall fitness.
The American College of Sports Medicine has 10 do’s to get your exercise routine on track.