7 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Workout

7 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Workout

So you can start to work it like Missy Elliot!

By Amber Lowther | 29th June 2016

Working out regularly is a pretty big commitment. But sometimes we’re so focused on where we’re going that we forget there are other things we need to tick off the list first!

In order to get the best results, there are some things you need to be doing before you even start. Here are the 7 things sabotaging your workout before you even begin:

Getting stuck on social media

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You’ve just woken up for the gym and you’re scrolling through Instagram to catch up on everything that’s happened since you closed your eyes. Kylie Jenner just released a new Lip Kit, your best friend Sarah went out last night and your ex-boyfriend liked one of your pics. IT’S ALL TOO MUCH! Before you know it, you’re running late and you’re in such a rush you put your tights on backwards. You’ve just reached a whole new level of flustered before you even get to the gym. Or you scroll for so long that you never even make it to that PT session. Oops!

Eating junk food

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Believe it or not, eating junk food isn’t good for you (apparently). But when you’ve got nothing else in the house, how are you supposed to resist breaking off a couple of lines of Cadbury Peppermint chocolate? Next thing you know, you’re huddled over feeling ill after your ab workout because (surprise, surprise) that’s not helping you! Stick to the healthy stuff so you make it through without feeling ill.

Forgetting to stretch

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I’ve “forgotten” to stretch many times. You know where I ended up? Bedridden and sore for the following three days. You can seriously hurt yourself if you don’t stretch before a workout. Stretching reduces any risk of injuries occurring and it will help your flexibility so you can pump the iron a bit more seamlessly. Take a few minutes to stretch it out and you’ll be loving life post-workout!

You don’t ask for help

When you tell people your goals, they’ll generally do what they can to help you get there. You’ve probably got a friend who’s keen on being your fitness buddy, someone who’ll help you shop smart at the markets for healthy, fresh produce and a friend or colleague who asks you how your fitness routine is going and make you feel slightly guilty if you’ve skipped the last three sessions. Making your journey less lonely will make it easier to stay accountable and keep on keeping on!

Drinking alcohol beforehand

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A couple of after-work drinks won’t hurt, right? WRONG. You missed this morning’s class so you thought you’d wait for the night one. But alas, you’re celebrating your colleague’s birthday and what’s that? You’ve downed five vodka lime and sodas and you’re grinding on the guy at the bar? Working out after drinking alcohol isn’t going to do you any favours and you should NOT be near heavy equipment of any sort if you have a buzz!

Losing sleep

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Losing sleep in general is really bad for you. You can get sick, you can’t concentrate or balance, you’re more likely to get emotional and you’re just feeling pretty crappy. Making sure you get enough hours of zzz time is important before you go and do a workout. Otherwise you’ll just spend your time thinking about all the sleep you could be having! Make sure you get those seven or eight hours a night!

You Set Your Goals Too High

Setting really high or unrealistic goals can be daunting for any fitness newbie. Health and fitness goals take time and wanting it to happen overnight or by the event you have to attend in two weeks (that your ex is also attending) will only make you stress out more. It’s good to have goals, but it’s best to start small and start with smaller activities or reps to make exercise less scary.

 

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Article by Amber Lowther

Amber is a former contributor at Style Magazines. She runs her own fashion and beauty blog and has an obsession with Batman. When she’s not stuffing her face with Italian food, she’s adding new shoes to her wardrobe and dreaming of NYC.

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