Common mistakes that sabotage your best fitness efforts

 

By Pris Chew

When it comes to getting healthier and fitter and shedding those unwanted kilos, we all have good intentions at the beginning.

But despite our good intentions and our efforts to exercise, there may be some mistakes that we are making, that could be sabotaging our fitness targets. Whether you may be aware or not that you are making these mistakes, they will, no doubt, set you back in terms of achieving your fitness goals.

Here are some common ones, that could be sabotaging your fitness efforts.

Not Exercising Enough

While it is good to sign up for a gym membership or try to incorporate a regular fitness regime into their lives, it is not enough to work out once or twice a week.

Signing up for a gym membership is usually the first step, but after that, many people forget that they need to put in the time step into the gym to to exercise after that.

Instead, to maintain your fitness, you need to exercise at least half an hour, five days a week. Whether it is a gym class or a cardio workout, that is your pick.

Skipping Meals

Many people think that by skipping meals, they will lose weight because they are eating less. But instead, this has the opposite effect. This is because skipping meals means that you are depriving the body of nutrients and this in turn, leads you to feel hungry so you may indulge in binge-eating.

So instead of skipping meals, try and make better food choices and you will feel much better about yourself, for example, choose a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts, instead of that bag of potato chips for your mid-afternoon snack.

Lack of Sleep

A lack of sleep may lead to obesity and getting fat. This is because quite often, those who do not have enough rest will be too tired to exercise during the day. And when we lack the energy, our metabolism will slow, because our bodies are trying to conserve calories.

Sleep-deprived people will also tend to eat more each day, because they are awake for more hours and therefore have more chances to eat. As well, by lacking sleep too, this has an effect on hormones that stimulate appetite; as a result, by not sleeping enough, your hunger hormones will work overtime and you are therefore more likely to wind up binge-eating.

To summarise, nobody is perfect, and if you find that you are not losing weight or getting fit despite your efforts, then the above reasons could be some of the causes. Look into your fitness routine, and make some adjustments. You may feel fitter eventually.

 

About the author:

Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner

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