Many get caught up in a world of never-ending workout sessions and crash diets and then wonder why they aren’t seeing the progress they had hoped they would.
If you want to arrive at your wedding day looking fit and toned, you need to pay heed to the following advice. If you’re making any one of the following mistakes, you’re setting yourself up for failure down the road.
Let’s have a look at the main mistakes to note so that you can ensure they aren’t influencing you.
Mistake #1: You’re Spot Reducing With Isolation Exercises
Spot reduction. Even the words make me shudder. You simply cannot spot reduce any area of your body by performing an endless series of reps for it.
Take your abs for example. Almost every bride-to-be wants a firm, flat stomach. If not so she can look great on her wedding day, so she can look sexy on her honey moon.
As such, whenever she goes to the gym, she dedicates at least a solid 15 minutes to an endless series of crunches. After all, if she wants a tight tummy, crunches are her go-to strategy, right?
Wrong. Crunches are not your way to success. You simply cannot reduce fat from any one area of the body. It happens all over the body through an ongoing process. Work hard enough and eventually you’ll shed the fat from your stomach.
Isolation exercises not only won’t help you tone any one area of your body, but they’re not all that effective either. They simply don’t have a high payoff for the amount of time you invest doing them.
Mistake #2: You’re Neglecting Rest
The second doozy of a mistake that many brides make is neglecting rest. They’re in the gym at the crack of dawn (the extra-motivated before then!) and back in there after work. Seven days a week. Week after week.
How long is this really going to last? While you may be able to sustain such a regime for the first two or three weeks as your motivation is just that high, eventually you’re going to burnout.
The body needs rest, and that starts with proper sleeping habits. Rest is actually the time that you get stronger and fitter. Gym-time is when you get weaker. If you aren’t giving your body the rest it needs, you’re only going to get weaker with time and your workout performance will be on a sharp decline.
Make sure you have a good balance in your workout routine.
Mistake #3: You’re Not Doing Bodyweight and Kettlebell Exercises
Finally, the third mistake brides make constantly is the lack of intense resistance exercise in their workout program. Cardio, cardio cardio – that’s what you figure is your ticket to success, right?
Cardio is NOT the ticket to success. If you want to completely reshape your body to turn heads as you walk down the aisle, carefully-selected resistance movements like pushups and kettlebell swings are required.
This means it’s time to back away from the treadmill and relearn the classic bodyweight and kettlebell exercises. Do this and I promise you’ll see more positive changes happening in your body.
So how did you stack up? Which of these mistakes were you making? If you’re committing any of these workout crimes, take action now so that they lock you into a body you’re not proud of.
-Shannon Clark, contributing editor
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