“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 :)diet questions2. 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.

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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!beginner's guide to running

Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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