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Avoid These Health and Fitness Mistakes

Avoid These Health and Fitness Mistakes
April 27
11:12 2016

Trying to stick to New Year’s resolutions of losing weight and getting in shape? Despite your best efforts, you could still be making common mistakes that hold you back from reaching your goals! Be sure to steer clear of these mistakes:

Letting stress get the best of you.

It’s easy to brush off exercising one day when you feel like your to-do list is never ending and your boss won’t get off your back. However, it’s essential that you don’t let stress get in the way of your fitness goals. The best way to effectively deal with stress is to get a little exercise, so kill two birds with one stone and put your work aside for 30 minutes to go on a brisk walk or hit the gym.

Setting the bar too high.

If you’re new to fitness, you can’t expect your body to transform overnight. Even if a rock hard set of abs is your end goal, set smaller, more realistic goals and measure your performance against these instead of the end goal. Unrealistic expectations can cause frustration and lead to you giving up, something you want to avoid at all costs.

Not rewarding yourself.

Just like you shouldn’t judge yourself based on your progress towards the end goal, you shouldn’t wait until you’ve reached this long-term goal to reward yourself. Every time you feel your workout get a little easier or you run a mile longer, reward yourself in a healthy way. Purchase a membership to a new boutique fitness studio you’ve had your eye on, or buy a new gym bag that will motivate you to keep working out.

Don’t overdo it.

You may be so eager to see results that you want to work out every minute of everyday, but this is counterproductive. Your body needs to rest, so overworking it will not lead to quicker results, but rather fatigue and stress. Take one to two days off per week from vigorous, intense exercise to let your body and mind take a much-needed break.

Stop the negative self-talk.

You wouldn’t tell your friend she couldn’t reach her fitness goals or get the body she wants, so why say it to yourself? In times like these, you must be your biggest cheerleader. Stop the negative self-talk and focus on the positives. Let yourself celebrate small accomplishments and don’t get wrapped up in mistakes or setbacks.

Getting in shape is a lifestyle change, so it requires time, patience and dedication. Allow yourself to go on this journey, taking it day by day, one step at a time.

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