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Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1

Even Experienced Exercisers Can Be Guilty of These

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Blunder #2: Looking For Instant Gratification

We are a culture of instant gratification seekers! Expecting fast results from a new diet and fitness plan is very common. Unfortunately it is one of the worst mindsets a beginner can create. You know about all the great benefits of exercise, like increased energy, weight loss, and better health. You exercise for a week straight, wake up the following Monday completely wiped out, a couple pounds heavier (because the exercise made you so hungry), and you have a cold. What gives?

Exercise definitely provides many great benefits, but the results are often seen weeks or even months after you begin. When you are consistent:
  • Your metabolism speeds up to allow for weight loss
  • Your body will adjust to the stress of exercise and you’ll feel more rejuvenated
  • Your immune system improves to help prevent sickness
  • Your strength and endurance improves, making exercise (and daily tasks) easier
  • Your mood and energy levels stabilize throughout the day
  • You sleep better at night
  • You look and feel better!
Fix it Tips: Don’t throw up your hands if you don’t see what you are looking for. Analyze what you are doing and try to make adjustments. It’s worth it.
  • Try to focus on other improvement besides weight loss--how you feel, how much you’ve learned, how you have more energy, etc.
  • Keep in mind that progress may be slow in the beginning. It probably took you many years to gain the weight you are trying to lose. You can’t expect to take it off in a fraction of the time. Plus, slow and steady weight loss (about 1-2 pounds per week) is healthier--AND you’re more likely to keep it off when it happens at this rate.
  • Get support and encouragement from a buddy, your friends and family, or on the message boards. Sometimes a kind word is all you need to stop you from giving up.
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Joe Downie Joe Downie
Joe, an exercise enthusiast, is a certified physical fitness instructor and high school soccer coach.

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