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Fitness Mistakes to Avoid

A Reader Asks: Are You Making These Fitness Mistakes?

FitSugar reader livingthin wants to know if you are making any of these fitness mistakes. She shared them in the Ten Pounds DOWN! community group.

  • Mistake #1: Only doing cardio and avoiding weights to lose weight. This a huge and common mistake I see women making all the time! Lean muscle is the key to increasing your metabolism. It becomes especially important as you age, because muscle mass drops by six percent every decade after age 40 — decreasing metabolism, lean mass, and overall strength. I recommend circuit training to keep your heart rate up and maximize your fat burn while you work your entire body without stopping. Keep your calorie-torching body young and strong with total body strength workouts two to three days per week.
  • Mistake #2: Doing tons of crunches to reduce belly flab. Thousands of crunches do not trim your waistline. The truth is that you cannot spot train any part of your body, and your abs are no different. You have to reduce your overall body fat percentage to show off great abs. We all have six-pack abs, but they are hidden underneath fat. This one is the hardest for women, since we naturally have a higher body fat than men. It is important, however, to develop a strong core for lower back support and to prevent injury, but crunches are not the only way to do that. Try total body moves like planks and weighted wood chops for maximum results, and eat less calories than you burn to reduce belly fat.
  • Mistake #3: Overcompensating and underestimating calories. It’s easy to overestimate the extra calories you burn in a workout. You can put those extra calories from an hour-long run back on in an instant with an extra helping of dinner or finishing a decadent dessert — all because you think you “earned it.” Even very healthy eaters can be guilty of consuming more calories than they burn, and therefore getting stuck with their weight loss goals. No need to deprive yourself, just be mindful of how many calories are actually going in (and out) of your body and pick your splurges wisely.

To see which other mistakes made the list, head over to the Ten Pounds DOWN! community group. While there, why not post your own weight loss or fitness tips? We might feature your posts on the FitSugar homepage!

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Jody76 Jody76 6 years
I say avoid the scale all together. Because those numbers can make anyone go crazy. Just because your favorite celeb might be 120 lbs., doesn't mean 120 lbs. is healthy for YOU....So, I don't rely on numbers on the scale. Rely on the tape measure is a better way to get a good idea of where your body should be. Measuring your chest, waist, and hips is a better indicator of your built.
lighthouselady lighthouselady 6 years
I can honestly say I don't make any of these mistakes. I use Jackie Warner, Kathy Smith and Jillian Michaels DVD's to do my strength training. I do mostly circuit type workouts, but with as heavy weight as I can. I wear a HRM so I know what my calorie burn actually is during my workouts. I'm currently using JM 6 weeks to 6 pack for my ab workout and there's not many "crunches" in this. Plank is my favorite for ab workout. And as for the scale--I'm still at the same place I was a year ago. Now I'm focusing on toning and getting firmer.
Berzerker Berzerker 6 years
Spectra - Sounds like me lately: I've been really skimping on weights, like I'll go from 20lbs to 10, or 45mins to 30. I'll always use some stupid excuse, the most common being "Oh, I ran up a few steep hills for cardio, so I don't need to strength train too much...". I need to remind myself to quit wimping out because that's probably why it feels like I've gained weight...
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I do both strength and cardio, but when I slack on my strength workouts, I can always tell..I just plain FEEL flabbier.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I tend to avoid strength training because I find it more motivating to see the amount of calories I burn during cardio! But I'm trying to get better about it.
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