If you are getting on the exercise bandwagon, congratulations--you couldn’t do anything better for good health and weight loss!
Because many people are guilty of exercise blunders that will not only keep you from performing at your best but can also undo the benefits of all your hard work!
Here’s what I mean.
5 Common exercise blunders…and how to turn them around!
Blunder #1: I am an Olympian!
If you are excited about starting an exercise program, great—but remember where you’re starting from.
Many people make the mistake of going gung-ho with a new exercise program, getting injured, then quitting.
Instead be smart and safe, pick an activity that you can handle, and set reasonable goals along the way.
I run marathons, but I certainly didn’t start running 26.2 miles out of the gate. I actually started by walking on a treadmill, then eventually jogging a little, then running a mile or two, and it went on from there!
And remember, always get your doctor’s OK before beginning an exercise program.
Blunder #2: I just burned fat! I don't want to put it back on!
Exercise helps burn fat--the excess fat that makes up a muffin top or spare tire.
But that doesn't mean you don't need fat in your diet! Here are some of the important roles fats serve in your body:
- Provide energy and help increase your metabolic rate (so you burn MORE calories!)
- Help your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K
- Delay your stomach emptying, so you feel fuller longer (and are less likely to overeat)
- Supply the fatty acids needed for cell growth and smooth skin
- Form the structural components of your brain cells
- Cushion and protect your organs
- Support your heart, especially during times of stress
Dietary sources of good fats include salmon, lean meats, eggs, butter, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil.
Blunder #3: I've earned this ice cream, pizza or double cheeseburger!
I taught aerobics in the 80’s and had a group of (overweight) women who would come to class, then go for an ice cream sundae afterward because "they earned it."
As you might expect, none of them lost an ounce.
While regular exercise does give you leeway to enjoy an occasional indulgence without worrying about gaining weight, it is not a license to regularly eat junk or start piling the food a mile high on your plate.
It’s crucial to have a healthy diet of real foods, to eat until you are just comfortably full, and to keep the indulgences as a once in a while thing.
And if you think having a healthy diet is bland or boring, you couldn’t be more wrong. Especially if you use the Great Taste No Pain health system.
In Great Taste No Pain I guide you on a path to enjoying good-for-you foods that taste fantastic, and encouraging better digestion to boot! Great Taste No Pain will show you how to pair foods together in your meals that are much easier for your system to break down, and give you a collection of simple, delicious recipes that you will love.
Not only will you benefit from the variety of nutrients you’ll get from real foods, but improving your digestion means less gas, bloating and constipation too!
Blunder #4: Exercise is boring!
One of the most common complaints people have about exercise is they get bored.
Well, it’s up to you to make it fun, and it can be done!
First of all, pick something you like! If you loathe running, please don’t try to run—consider walking instead. And if team sports aren’t your thing, don’t join a basketball team—try an individual activity like biking or weights. Choose something that works for you.
Get an exercise buddy! My friend Liana and I have been karate and running partners for 14 years, and I can’t tell you how many laughs we’ve had working out side by side, plus we’ve motivated each other during tough times too.
Here we are in 2013 right after we earned our 3rd-degree black belts in karate (and we’re now going for 4th degree this year!):
If you exercise at home, put a TV in your area or listen to your favorite music.
Use your imagination and make it enjoyable—don’t make excuses.
Blunder #5: I can’t get the energy
Many people don’t realize that lacking vitamin B12 is one of the most common causes of low energy.
Vitamin B12 is an important player in your metabolism that generates your body's energy from fats and sugars.
Unfortunately, it's a very common deficiency--especially with vegetarians, people who use antacids, people who have had gastric surgery and the elderly. Studies show that up to three out of four of us has some degree of B12 deficiency.
When you're low in B12, your body can’t produce energy as efficiently as it should...and you can end up quitting on your workouts as a result!
To help make sure your body has the energy it needs, a vitamin B12 spray like Hydroxaden 2.5 is your ticket.
Hydroxaden 2.5 is a vitamin B12 spray that gives you the 2.5 mg of B12 (in the form of hydroxocobalamin) suggested by many health experts. Just five sprays under your tongue each day is all it takes.
B12 sprays are becoming increasingly popular because B12 can have limited absorbency in the GI tract. Since the B12 can get absorbed through the mucus membranes under your tongue with a spray, this method helps to bypass any shortcomings in the GI tract.
Now get moving and start creating a healthier, slimmer you!
To your health,