Most of us undoubtedly frown in disgust whenever we hear the term exercise. We often see it like it’s some sort of punishment because we’re out of shape. You need to beat yourself into working out because you indulge yourself with unhealthy food cravings. You need to push yourself to the limit in order to lose weight to become acceptable to society. This kind of mindset has been instilled in our mind causing us to have a hostile attitude towards exercising.
The truth is, exercising should never be tiring and exhausting. It’s supposed to be enjoyable and fulfilling. You should never feel miserable or be obliged to do it just for the sake of losing weight. How do we encourage ourselves to have a positive attitude when it comes to exercising?
It’s time to debunk these workout mistakes and refresh our mindset to formulate an effective workout regimen.
1. Exercise Isn’t all About Cardio
This certainly tops the list of our workout mistakes. While Cardio offers a lot of health benefits and goodness to our body, cardio is only one part of exercising. Cardio can only improve one section in our body. It can help improve our speed, cardiovascular endurance. But it cannot improve our strength and bone density.
Instead, what we need is a mix of exercise. Just like in eating, we need to mix our exercise to address our body’s specific needs.
That’s why fast metabolism diet uses mixed exercises that you need to do every phase. This varying workout regimen will help improve different sections in your body in order to lose weight. You won’t need to push yourself doing cardio 5-6 times a week just to lose weight.
2. You need to stick in Running to lose weight.
This is actually in relation to number 1. We’re all led to believe that cardio is the only way to exercise and lose weight. And when we talk about cardio, the only thing that comes to our mind is running. We need to run like crazy until we’re out of breath to lose some weight. We often feel miserable when we’re panting like crazy, pushing ourselves to move, run harder, only to find out we’re left behind in a race while our friends are running swiftly. Frustrating isn’t it?
Why do you allow yourself to suffer like that? If you don’t like running, then don’t do it. Doing something you don’t love and enjoy will only stress you out. And remember? When you’re stressed, your body will withhold those fats rather than losing them! Wasting all your efforts in vain!
Instead of running, you can do other cardio exercises such as dancing, brisk walking, hiking, etc. The same as with strength-training and stress-reducing activities in Phase 2 and 3. The most important thing is to get your body moving shed those pesky pounds off your body.
3. Giving Up Exercising Because It’s Exhausting
Just like in yo-yo dieting, we’ve also had our fair share of yo-yo exercising moments. That incredible motivation we have before we start hitting the gym. Then after a 30-minute session of intense workout, you feel sore, and beyond exhausted. That’s when your motivation to keep going starts to diminish. Until you found yourself . . . dang! Quitting on exercising and starting this horrid cycle again for the nth time.
If you feel like quitting, remind yourself again why you’re doing this. You’re doing this to lose weight and be healthy. And of course, don’t forget to pat your back for a job well done. You’ve come this far, every step you take is a process. Do you really want to stop when you’re so near to achieving your goal? I bet you wouldn’t want that.
So stop committing these workout mistakes. We recommend you to keep going and don’t give up until you reach your goal. In our next blog post, we’ll tackle some ways on how to make exercising more fun and enjoyable!