Every year there are millions of people who make resolutions to get fit, lose weight, or live a healthier lifestyle. Most of the time these are half-hearted attempts and people don’t intend on keeping up with these goals for the long term…
However, my dream is that if you are reading this post, then you are serious about improving yourself this year! Since I want to see you succeed just as badly as you do, I thought I would help bring to light some common misconceptions that can sabotage your new workout routines if you aren’t careful. So with that in mind, let’s jump into it!
“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis
Sabotage Method #1 – Expecting Immediate Results
Let’s be honest, we live in a world today where everything revolves around instant satisfaction. Social media and the internet have put access to anything we want right at our fingertips in seconds. Unfortunately, that is just not the way it works when it comes to your health and fitness, and you need to accept that mindset if you are going to be successful in developing a stronger, healthier YOU!
You have certainly seen all of the commercials on TV for different pills, diet supplements, or magical device that makes the weight melt right of your body with just the wave of a wand. The truth is that there is no one-size fits all, magic pill solution to your health. Your body is unique and even if you followed the exact same diet as someone else does, it’s likely you will see varying results. Even though they lost 10 pounds in the first week doesn’t mean that you should expect to see the same changes take place in your own body.
Follow these helpful tips to avoid sabotaging yourself and your motivation:
- Find a training program that looks interesting to you and that has a decent track record. If it doesn’t look fun to you, it will be harder to stick with on those days you aren’t feeling so motivated.
- Give it your absolute best shot for at least a month. It’s okay if you miss workouts here and there, but just do the best you can.
- Evaluate how the results panned out for that month. Are there spots you think you could adjust the program to fit your needs or schedule better?
- Give it another month and evaluate any changes you made.
If you repeat this cycle over and over again, you will start to find what has the best effect on YOUR body and how to organize workouts that fit into your own desires, schedule, and goals. A month goes by pretty quickly when you reflect back on it and it is a much better length of time to evaluate your results than on a week by week basis.
Sabotage Method #2 – Drinking Sports Drinks To Fuel Cardio Workouts
It may seem like every athlete on TV is drinking Gatorade, Powerade, or some other type of sport/energy drink to fuel their bodies, but lets face it: They are working out much harder than you probably are. In fact, it’s their JOB to workout an absurd amount of time each day!
Unless you are also putting in 60-90+ minutes of hard cardio training, you don’t need the all the sugar found in Gatorade and you will just be sabotaging yourself instead of fueling your success. What you really want is good old fashioned water! Be sure to check out my post about different ways to make sure you’re properly hydrating yourself by clicking here!
During your workout, your muscles will be screaming for sugar, but chances are your body has plenty of stored sugar in your body’s fat cells that your muscles can call upon to help fuel themselves and help you get through that workout. If you are overloading your system with additional sugar from a sport drink, you won’t be able to reap the benefits of tapping into and burning off some of that excess sugar storage!
After you finish your workout, it is definitely advisable to give your body a rush of nutrients in the form of a post-workout protein smoothies or homemade meal. This will help those muscles recover faster. Just make sure that they are NUTRIENT dense meals or smoothies/shakes and not just a bunch of sugar! You will be amazed at how much better your body will perform, how fast you recover, and how much quicker you can develop a lean, strong, fitter body just by consuming fewer sugary drinks.
Sabotage Method #3 – Over training single body parts
This one goes out to all those people who think they can build the body they want simply by using the machine in the gym that highlights that particular muscle.
Guess what? Your body just doesn’t work like that and you can cause yourself serious problems if you try to train this way.
By lifting or exercising in ways that only focus on certain parts of your body all the time, such as your arms or abs, you can create muscular imbalances, which are a recipe for injury. The focus of building a healthier body is so that you can use it! Not so that you end up injured and stuck on your couch.
Train smarter. Find a program that you enjoy that also engages all the different parts of your body throughout the workout. This will create a functional body that is health and usable. IN FACT, you stand a greater chance of quickly developing those “glamour” muscles you desire by working out your entire body instead of just pounding the same muscle group over and over and over and… I’m sure you get the picture!
Sometimes the most important thing is to TRAIN SMARTER, not just training harder.