“Fitness junkies” make mistakes too. I’ve made SO many mistakes in the past and I’m sure I’m still making some! I’m forever learning. But we learn from our mistakes and we can also learn from the mistakes of others. So these are the 4 mistakes that fitness junkies make.
1. Being Too Strict With Diet
Being super restrictive with your eating is not fun and leads to an unhealthy relationship with food. You don’t have to cut out all “bad” foods to be healthy and maintain a lean physique. Everything in moderation! Eat whole foods most of the time, but still allow yourself treats, otherwise you’ll go crazy :)2. Not Having Rest Days
Overtraining is probably one of the common mistakes I’ve seen. I used to see women come to HIIT classes morning AND night, 5-6 times per week. Or hear women tell me they run 10kms everyday. If your level of exercise is greater than your body’s ability to recover, you actually end up weaker, and can lead to sickness and/or injury. You NEED rest! Read my blog posts on overtraining and rest days.
3. Eating Protein Bars
OK not all protein bars are that bad, but all of them have preservatives and some type of sweetener / added sugar. And for some reason, people consider them healthy. There are better snack options out there! Raw nuts, fruit, eggs, homemade protein bars, etc. Read my blog post on my healthy high protein snacks here.
4. Not Stretching
After a workout, the last thing you feel like doing is spending 5-10 minutes stretching, but trust me, this is just as important as the workout! Afterwards, your muscles are warm and this is the best time to increase their flexibility and prevent unnecessary soreness and injury. I promise you’ll feel less sore the next day if you do a good stretch after your workout!