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Check out Common Fitness Blunders Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 for more tips.Blunder #7: You think you are working hard, but you can talk to the person on the treadmill next to you without discomfort.
Intensity is one of the hardest things for many exercisers to understand. You don’t want to work so hard that you become exhausted early in your workout, but you also don’t want to take it so easy that you don’t break a sweat. There are a few simple ways to determine your intensity and help you decide if you need to step it up a bit:
Blunder #8: Since you exercise, you figure you can eat whatever you want.
The key to weight loss is a healthy diet and regular exercise program. It is very difficult to lose weight through exercise alone. Those extra calories add up quickly and might take longer than you think to burn off by working out.
For example, you decide to treat yourself to a medium popcorn (with butter, of course) at the movies. You did a 45-minute workout on the treadmill this morning, so you deserve it, right? Well, you might want to think before you eat. You probably burned about 400 calories on the treadmill, but that tub of popcorn contains almost 1200 calories!! So you would have to do an extra 90-minute workout just to burn off your movie treat. When you think about it that way, a better option might be to skip the popcorn and bring a granola bar or other healthy snack.
One thing you can do to prevent mistakes from happening to you, is to ask questions! The Resident Experts are always happy to help you make the most of your workouts and answer any questions you might have.