Thanks, CNN! 10 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Workout

Hello there! Hope you guys had a great weekend. I had some volunteering, teaching, and a backyard get-together for friends that are moving away. šŸ™ We’re so sad to see them go, but they’re going on to a great opportunity, so why not be excited for their move? Good for them!

So we all know there are millions of top 10 lists out there, we’ve seen them all on Facebook. There are those certain friends that seem to have no jobs because all they do all day is read top 10 lists. Anyway, I actually found a good one from CNN that I think is valid reading: 10 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Workout.

My favorites?

almonds, peanut butter, apple, healthy snack

NOT EATING ENOUGH – I used to be a culprit of this all. the. time. When I worked in finance I would snack in the afternoon, commute home, and then workout around 7:30pm or some time after. My mistake? I never snacked closer to my workout time! There would be days where my workout sucked, I was tired, and all that jazz. Once I finally figured out my eating schedule was causing my problems, it was like night and day. I’d always make sure to have a protein bar or somethingĀ substantial like that closer to my workout–almonds and an apple were another favorite. The moral of the story? Make sure you’re fueling properly before and after your workout, or you won’t see the results you’re looking for!

photo: Huffington Post

photo: Huffington Post

TRAINING TOO FREQUENTLY – Rest days are glorious and rest days are vital. Your muscles need to recover in between workouts, and constantly taxing them will only make your body mad at you, not responsive to you. I’ve seen lots of people hold onto excess weight simply because they’re going too hard, not leaving any time for proper recovery.

TEXTING – And anything else that causes major distraction and wasted time. Have you ever seen those guys “bodybuilding” in the gym and basically just texting and picking out music on their phones? Yup, they’re not maximizing their workout at all. They then think “I work out for a couple hours a day, I’m jacked!” but in reality, they could be getting the same if not better results in much less time. Hours at the gym is not exactly trendy.

Alright that’s it for my ranting and raving. What is a workout saboteur that you commit or see committed all the time?