Even the best makes mistakes. But guest what, we're human and can't be perfect 100 percent at any time.
Often time you might be hard on yourself for slacking off on your training, or missing out on a training day, I can tell you from now that missing a training day or a few reps, won’t make much difference to your training, in fact even professional athletes have off days.
Through this blog Tranquillity 360 Fitness Personal Trainer Malachi is going to shed some light on some beginner mistakes. Learning from your mistakes, can help you to realizing not every misstep is a roadblock (and that, in fact, most helps help you grow), you can ensure that you don't commit the same fitness failure.
Mistake 1: Only Doing Fasted Cardio
While some research shows that doing fasted cardio in the morning can help you burn up to 20 percent more fat, it's not unequivocally the best fat-torching option. Sticking to only fasted cardio could be a mistake. "While fasted steady-state cardio certainly has its time and place, doing it every single day for an hour on end will not help you achieve your goals faster," she says, speaking from experience.
While there's a time and place for lower-intensity cardio—such as if you're dieting or doing multiple intense lifting sessions a week—try to occasionally bump up the intensity if getting maximum results is your goal. Mixing up your routine with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will help you level up your fat-burning potential—even after the exercise is done.
Mistake 2: Trying to Stay Lean Year-Round
When it comes to mistakes, one big mistake in trying to stay lean and not allowing my body to recover properly," she explains.
While single-digit body-fat goals might be OK for the stage, it's important to remember they're not suggested for daily life. When you're at very lean levels, your immune system suffers, and your recovery rate slows. Constantly staying lean while finding the energy to keep up with training demands can be nearly impossible.
You shouldn't be competing year-round, so during the off season don't be afraid to take your body fat up a bit higher. Chances are, you'll feel a lot better because of it. Remember that if you want to make progress, devoting some time to building muscle and gaining a few pounds of body fat can be one of the best things you can do for your physique.
Mistake 3: Not Eating Enough
Women often equate eating less with weight loss, and while cutting back might spare you a few pounds on the scale, it won't help grow a well-rounded physique.
Under-eating is one of the top ways to seriously sabotage an otherwise good training program. Make sure you're providing your body with enough calories to push through hard days and gruelling workouts.
Mistake 4: Not Sticking To A Well-Rounded Diet
Just as you can under eat, you can also eat too clean.
Eating only a handful of healthy foods might sound like a sure-fire weight-loss plan, but it's bound to get boring quickly. When it does, you're liable to pig out on all the sweets and treats—letting your diet crumble way more than it would if you allowed yourself a weekly cheat meal. When it comes to nutrition, you don't have to go to extremes.
The key? Making the most of nutrient timing. If you plan on having a sweet treat, for example, plan to eat it before your workout for the sugar rush, or directly after to replace glycogen stores
Mistake 5: Paying Too Much Attention To Other Peoples' Opinions
When it comes to fitness, it's important to focus on yourself first. Comparing yourself to other people put you in a negative headspace. It took me some time, but I slowly realized that my unique personality and individual happiness mattered most.
Never change who you are to "succeed." Embrace your own personality and stop the comparisons. Be you and work hard. The rest will come.
This blog is updated by Tranquillity 360 fitness personal trainers, as well as other guest bloggers.