Most people tend to fall in and out of love with exercise and all too often find themselves back at the drawing board trying to work out how to get in shape.
We get it, we’ve been there…
That said, we’re also big believers in the longterm benefits of fitness and staying healthy (or in shape as some people would call it), so to help you succeed, here are five things NOT TO DO when trying to get in shape.
1. Skip Meals or Starve Yourself
A lot of people think that by not eating, they’re going to lose weight. And, yes, you will lose weight, but it’s not going to be healthy weight loss.
When you don’t eat, your body goes into starvation mode and starts holding onto everything you do eat, which makes it harder to lose weight in the long run.
So, make sure that you’re eating enough calories throughout the day to keep your body fuelled and to keep your metabolism running.
2. Only Do Cardio
Cardio is great for burning calories, but if you want to really change your body, you need to do strength training as well.
Strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does. So, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn throughout the day.
Make sure you’re incorporating strength training into your routine to fast track the process to a healthier you.
3. Obsess Over the Scale
The scale is a great tool to track your progress, but it’s not the only tool.
When you’re working out, you’re building muscle, which weighs more than fat. So, even if the number on the scale isn’t changing, you could still be making progress.
So, make sure you’re taking progress pictures, measuring yourself, and paying attention to how your clothes fit and not just what the number on the scale is telling you.
4. Compare Yourself to Others
Everybody’s body is different, and everybody’s journey is different. You can’t compare your progress to somebody else’s progress because you don’t know what they’re doing behind closed doors.
Keep focused on yourself, focus on your journey, and celebrate your own progress.
5. Give Up Too Soon
Finally, don’t give up too soon. Getting in shape is not an overnight process, it takes time, dedication, and consistency.
Don’t give up just because you don’t see results right away. Keep pushing yourself, keep showing up, and you will see progress soon enough.
As we say, getting in shape is a journey and journeys are often easier and more fun if you have company along the way.
To get yourself off to a great start and to increase your chances of success, we’d recommend you come and have a session with one of our supportive Exercise Physiologists – people trained in assessing your base, understanding your capabilities and developing programs tailored to getting you to where you want to go.
How Do I Book An Appointment?
We’re taking the health of our clients, members and staff very seriously and our preference would be for you to call to book an appointment so that we can make sure to explain our approach to keeping you safe. You can call any of these numbers to schedule a session:
- Precision Physio Concord: 02 9736 3950
- Precision Physio St Marys: 02 9623 2220
- Precision Physio Mt Druitt: 02 9188 2552
Evolving with the current environment, we are also now offering online appointments, meaning that we can support anyone who is unable to leave their home. Sessions are done via our state of the art Telehealth system and as long as you have a laptop or tablet with an inbuilt camera, or a phone with camera, we can help!
To learn more about online consultations, please call us on any of the numbers listed above.