I wish it was as easy as jumping on a treadmill for thirty minutes a day and a new body would emerge. But when it comes to working out to actually yield results, it takes a bit more than that when it comes to fitness. If you’re new to exercise, or it’s been quite a while, I suggest reading over this list of the biggest mistakes women make so that you can rest assured you’re working out in the best way to actually hit your goals. Expecting too much too soon can often times end in disappointment. We live in a world where we want immediate results. That’s just the way we are, patience isn’t something we need much of because things are too readily available… but not weight loss.
If you’re aiming to not only lose weight in general, but lose body fat and keep it off, the slow but steady pace is by far the best. The payoff will be much better, but you have to trust me. Most women give up on their weight loss goals less than a month into it because they’re not seeing lightening speed results. It’s OK if you don’t lose 10 pounds in two weeks or if you’re not back into your skinny jeans in less than a month, you will get there.
Working out all wrong. Women have been lead wrong for decades when it comes to dropping the pounds. If you have the idea that cardio workouts are best then sadly you’ve fallen victim too. Believe it or not, strictly cardio based workouts can lead to a decreased metabolism, increased injuries, increased body fat and decreased results. Thankfully more and more women are becoming aware that strength training is where the results come if you’re looking to burn more calories in a given day, tone up from head to toe and actually have a workout plan that you enjoy and can change up regularly.
Too much too soon. Maybe you’re one of the rare and awesome women who does know that strength training is the best at transforming your body. Now the problem becomes doing too much too soon. If you’ve never done any type of weight training before there is no need to have a barbell on your back or a set of dumbbells in your hand. You want to progress forward not end up injured. You will still see great results with body weight moves like squats, lunges, push-ups, etc. to help your body learn the basic moves so you can move towards the weights and improve your fitness and your resistance level.
Not doing enough. Those weight machines take up a lot of space in the gym, but do they work? The truth? Nope, they don’t do a whole lot. These are on a set range of motion, on a track. Your body doesn’t have to work as hard as it would if you were doing free weights. Not to mention that these also hit one muscle at a time. To get a full body, fat burning workout routine you would have to spend time on each and every machine… no thanks.
So where are you at with your workouts? If you see that you’ve been making any of these mistakes, you’re certainly not alone. I was there at one point too but now you know how to change things around so you see amazing results. The key is changing gradually and making it a habitual change.