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5 Workout Mistakes to Avoid

It’s true that any workout is better than no workout at all. If you can only manage ten minutes, then that’s ten minutes you weren’t doing before! If you can’t run, but you can go for a leisurely stroll, that’s better than nothing! So we definitely want to encourage you to exercise, in whatever way feels best to you, for as much time as you feel comfortable doing it.

But, of course, there are definitely ways to make mistakes. If you’re concerned about whether you’re doing it “right”, check to make sure you aren’t making these common workout blunders.

No recovery days. Some hardcore workout enthusiasts swear by “going hard or going home”. But for most people, it’s very important to take rest days. Your muscles need time to heal and build themselves, and you don’t want to burn out mentally, either.

Not sleeping well. Speaking of rest and recovery, that’s the primary purpose of sleep. And yet, many of us cram a workout schedule into our already packed itineraries, and think that’s good enough to boost our state of health. Sleep is important, too. So if you’re getting up an hour earlier to go run each morning, make sure you’re going to bed an hour earlier as well. Or, if you work out each evening, do your meal preps on Sunday so that your bedtimes don’t get pushed back later and later.

Sloppy form. If you’re rushing through workouts, you’re probably not using the right form. That means you’re risking injury and setbacks. So take your time, learn correct form, and use it every time you work out. It’s better to do less, but correctly, than to rush and try to do more.

Focusing too hard on one area. Maybe you want to get buff arms, so you work your arms five days per week. Or, you covet toned calves, so leg day is every day. It’s good to have specific goals, but in all honesty you could begin to look unbalanced if you focus too hard on one area. More importantly, remember that the main reason to exercise regularly is to improve your health. Both aerobic and anaerobic exercise are important, so incorporate both into your routine.

Insufficient nutritional support. Remember that food is fuel for your body. If you’ve changed your activity level by beginning a workout routine, your “fuel” might not be sufficient anymore. You might need to incorporate more protein into your diet, if you’re weight training, or more complex carbs if you’re training for a marathon. And on that note, call us for an appointment to discuss your nutritional needs. We can help with a medical weight loss diet, or just nutritional supports if you’re happy with your weight but want to get into better shape.

3 Steps to Easy Meal Planning

It’s a lot easier to reach your fitness and weight loss goals when you make a plan for success (and stick to it). In particular, creating an eating plan for the week can help you to avoid temptation to “cheat” on your diet, and meet nutritional goals at the same time. But a lot of people feel overwhelmed when they sit down to make a plan for the week. This quick guide can help you streamline the meal planning process. Read more

The “Healthy Habit” That Might Not Be So Healthy

Every morning, Debra wakes up, goes to the bathroom, and then steps on her scale. She’s been trying to lose a few pounds, because she knows that maintaining a healthy weight is one of the biggest keys to long-term health. So naturally she feels that these daily weigh-ins are holding her accountable, and encouraging healthy food and activity choices. Read more

Skipping Breakfast: What’s the Big Deal?

Your mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And yet, here you are, a fully grown adult who regularly skips breakfast. Some of you are just too busy in the morning and can’t be bothered, while others skip breakfast on purpose, thinking that skipping meals will help you lose weight. But not only will skipping breakfast not help you drop pounds; it can also be hurting you in other ways. Read more

Watch Out for These Signs of Dehydration

Young athletic man taking a break during a challenging jogging outdoor

No, it’s not your imagination. It has been hot lately! So hot, in fact, that it could be easy to become dangerously dehydrated if you’re out and about during the day. Some people manage to move their workouts to early morning or late afternoon during the worst part of summer. But if your schedule won’t budge, or you need to go out for other reasons, watch for these signs of dehydration. Read more

What Are Antioxidants, Anyway?

If you’re following a weight loss plan, you might be deluged with new information about nutrition. You’re learning the basics, such as how much protein you need to eat every day, or how sugars are metabolized in the body. But you’re probably reading a lot about antioxidants, too. Read more

4 Exercise Tips for the Summer Heat

Couple staying hydrated after workout

When you’re making progress toward your fitness or weight loss goals, the last thing you want is to take a break and undo a lot of that progress. But it’s July now, and it’s hot outside! Not only is exercise uncomfortable right now; it could be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

To keep up with your fitness and weight loss plan, take these four steps to keep yourself safe when exercising in the heat of midsummer. Read more

How Safe is Botox?

When you first heard about Botox, you probably thought, “A few simple injections, just under the skin, that nearly erase wrinkles and it only takes a few minutes? Sign me up!” But then you looked into how the process works, and maybe you felt hesitant. Botox sounds pretty bizarre, when you think about it. Read more

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