• Using the cardio machines when reading newspapers or magazines.
Have you noticed how people just go at their leisure to the gym and read newspapers or take a favourite book with them when they are on the exercise bikes, recumbent bikes or even the cross trainers ? They are the same people that if you track their progress or lack thereof over a period of time they generally don’t show any results. The reason why they don’t show any results is that they are just moving, which as we have mentioned before isn’t a bad thing, but it can be better. It’s fine if you don’t want results and everyone is different. Remember having me time is different for everybody. For those who want the results and want to better themselves well be prepared for some hard work and in the process, work up a little sweat. Reading while using the cardio machines does not enable you to focus on what you are doing because you are concentrating on what’s written in front of you. Doing this, you can’t really give your best. You are far better off taking your ipod and listening to some up beat music to really motivate you to get you going!!. Leave the reading for the train or bus!
• Going to workout only because you are feeling guilty from eating the wrong foods.
Yes, I am sure we have all been here before! I’ve just eaten that mars bar….or that piece of cheese cake….and I feel really bad, I shouldn’t have done that, I wished I hadn’t! – Thoughts and feelings like this are more common than you think. Exercise and a fitness program should be fun not a frantic attempt to purge the body and not something that you do in order to exhibit damage control over bad eating behaviours.
This type of behaviour may lead to eating disorders later on down the track. People often exercise excessively for fear of gaining an ounce and the compulsion to exercise at this level can lead to a greater increase in the risk of injury, and even said to be a reason behind OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
This is why it is so important to follow a nutritional eating plan and use exercise for getting fit, maintaining health and staying in control in the first place not as an excuse to eat the wrong types of foods or to overeat either!!
• Avoiding lifting weights and only using the cardio machines.
Cardiovascular fitness is important to our overall health but it’s only one facet of it. As we have also mentioned before numerous times, to have the maximum results a combination of cardio, strength and flexibility training is vital in bringing together the big picture on fitness.
Weight training is very important because not only is it good for all people, it will increase or maintain suppleness, lean body mass, bone mineral density, promotes faster fat burning through the increase of lean muscle tissue, increases functional strength, improves power and boosts performance and as we have mentioned before it promotes joint stability, improves your posture and metabolic rate, can reduce your risk of injury and assist while recovering from an injury. It can also help to ward off and/or alleviate symptoms associated with diseases, illnesses and conditions such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, stroke and coronary heart disease. Not forgetting that you will look awesome!
Dean Piazza is the resident personal trainer @ http://www.homegymequipment.com.au. – Australia’s Biggest range of Home Gym Equipment at Cheap prices. Dean Is the expert personal trainer on NineMsn, Australia’s largest website portal and regularly appears in magazines with his training tips, weight loss comments and fitness equipment reviews.