Are you unhappy with the results you are getting (or not getting)? Or you're beginning to feel like all the hard work in the gym isn't paying off? Then you may be making some classic exercise mistakes.
Below are the five key exercise mistakes women are making, even fit women.
Exercise Mistakes You May Be Making
Yes, you’ve been working out for a while now, but you may not be achieving desired results. The truth is you may not be doing the right thing.
You won’t desired results when; You don't exercise with weightsWeight training is the best way to tone up, increase lean muscle tissue and control your weight. Resistance training helps to increase your metabolism, which in turn means that even on a day off from the gym you'll still burn more calories!
Exercising with weights also aids in the reduction of the risk of developing the brittle bone disease, also known as osteoporosis. Weight training places stress on your bones which means that they have to adapt and become thicker and stronger, ideal conditions to reduce the onset of brittle bone disease.You're scared of developing big musclesWeight training can build big muscles. However, the amount of weight you lift must be exceptional. Although you should constantly be aiming to lift heavier and heavier weights progressively (processing as soon as a particular weight feels easier to lift) women have rarely got the genetic structure and hormonal capabilities to build large muscles.If you lift weights, your muscles will develop tone, shape, and a sexy sleekness. You should aim to lift between 8 - 12 repetitions with any given weight. If it feels like you could do more the weight is too light.
You Do Very Easy Cardio Workouts
A lot of fitness magazines suggest that working at low exercise levels (approximately 60-70 percentage of your maximum level) is ideal for fat loss. This common mistake originated because at these low-moderate levels fat is the primary fuel used during exercise.However, weight loss and weight management are all about burning calories and not necessarily fat per se. At higher exercise levels (70-85 % max.) you will burn more calories (during the same exercise time), and you will have a better chance of reducing your waistline. You do sit ups to reduce your waistline. Sit ups and crunches can only help tone up the tummy and abdominal muscles. They will not, however, burn fat or for that matter even that many calories.The only way you can reduce the amount of fat held around the stomach is to exercise aerobically at least 2-3 times a week, for at least 20 minutes and no more than 60 minutes AND watch your diet and calorie intake.You eat too much foodIf your thought is that going to the gym gives you an excuse to pig out, you will never lose the weight you wish to. Exercising burns lots of calories, but many nice foods (chocolate, sweets, cakes, fast food, etc.) carry a bucket full of calories.