Are You Making These Common Fitness Mistakes?

Are You Making These Common Fitness Mistakes?

Almost all fitness enthusiasts have their weak points. Here are 5 common fitness mistakes.

Are you guilty of any of them? 

1. False fit foods

There are many brands on the market who sell themselves as ‘fitness foods’ or promote a healthy lifestyle but when you get down to it, they’re anything but.

Recent research has found that many “fitness” foods actually cause consumers to eat more and exercise less.

You are better off sticking to natural fit foods such as fruit, vegetables and nuts as part of your balanced diet. If you are a fitness food fanatic, make sure you work out enough to make eating them worthwhile.

2. Low on water

You can exercise every day and have a healthy diet, but omitting water will mean it’s less healthy than it could be. Choosing carbonated or juice drinks means you are not giving your body the hydration it needs and in many instances you’re also adding extra calories and sugars your body really doesn’t need.

If you aren't used to drinking plain water, try swapping in one glass a day and slowly increase this until water is your main drink.

3. Food before fitness

Some people love exercising first thing but you should always breakfast first.

A healthy breakfast kick starts your metabolism and then it’s time to enjoy that early morning sprint or gym session.

Even a small breakfast like fruit and a yoghurt or peanut butter on toast is better than nothing. It will set off your metabolism for the day and mean you’re more energised for that first workout and the rest of your day.

4. Overdoing supplements

Supplements are designed to help you build muscle mass and support your fitness regime but they should be taken with caution.

The impact of too many supplements has been explored in a recent study which has shown some shocking results - supplement overuse can lead to problems within the internal organs including the liver and kidneys and it isn’t a naturally healthy way to get fit and strong.

Focus on tailoring your exercise regime to hit your goals and eating healthily to support them.

5. No digital downtime

Flicking through your phone and gaming on your tablet before bed can seriously affect your sleep. A bad night’s sleep leads to at a day of exhaustion and sub-par workout sessions.

Research at an American hospital has found that using light emitting devices before bed can adversely affect your health, your body’s circadian rhythms and therefore your sleeping pattern.

You need good quality sleep for a healthy lifestyle so put those devices down at least an hour before bed.

Correcting these little habits and making small changes could help you see significant improvements in both your general health and your performance at the gym.

 


The Author

Jessica Ward

Jessica lives in South West London. Boxercise, yoga, pilates, weight training and long distance running are her main interests.

Comments

Matthew C.
27 October 2015

Matthew C.

I used to waste so much money on 'fitness foods' and supplements online.. Now I just eat mainly wholefoods and I still feel just as healthy, in fact a whole lot healthier as I know for sure I am eating stuff that's natural.

Olga N.
21 October 2015

Olga N.

I always head out in the morning before eating and really need to get rid of this habit. I might try taking a banana on my morning run or grabbing some yoghurt like you've said.

Mike D.
21 October 2015

Mike D.

My PE teacher at school told us not to take supplements as the body would then forget how to get the vitamins from real food. I've never forgotten the advice, and don't take any supplements, and am healthy and fit.

craig t.
20 October 2015

craig t.

I find the 'digital downtime' really hard to stick to. There's nothing I like more than browsing my iphone in the comfort of bed. I don't have any sleep problems and no fitness issues so that's one 'fitness mistake' I'm prepared to to take the risk for!

Clare R.
20 October 2015

Clare R.

so much wise advice which you would think is obvious - but so many get fooled! 'fitness foods' are my particular bugbear. No such thing!

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