Is your healthy lifestyle getting you down? Does is feel like a chore everyday?
Why is it that despite all the classes, gym sessions, green smoothies and protein shakes, you spend most days feeling run-down and uncomfortable? lets take a look at some reason you may be feeling this way.
1. Too much cardio
There are a number of reasons why over-doing the cardio can make you feel worse. Doing nothing but cardio can lead to injury with muscles getting tight, or worse, not building at all. That's why it's essential that you balance it out with resistance and strength workouts. Gaining muscle should be your goal as much as burning fat, If you gain two pounds of muscle and lose two pounds of fat you will be smaller and fit into those jeans more easily.
Not only that, building muscle will make your more efficient in your workouts and therefore less likely to sustain and injury. Your body also gets used to cardio training more quickly than resistance work, so you may start to feel deflated as you stop seeing results. With MyFitZone workouts that don't you any equipment we ensure that there is a good balance of strength work as well as high intensity to ensure you get the best of both.
2. Detoxing, Juice and smoothies
Juice cleanses may seem like a quick fix but the loss of complete food groups can be the root cause of feeling horribly drained, especially if you keep working out. People who detox cleanse purely from juices will see weight loss but this is normally mostly water. Once they finish the detox they go right back to the bad eating habits that made them try such an extreme method to solve their problems.
Food is our fuel source and is crucial to how we feel, perform and look. If you want cut out the bad in your diet, aim to cut down on sugar intake and alcohol but replace those calories with natural food sources high in protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates. MyFoodZone provide you with a food list for you to go by to help you get the right mix of foods.
Don't try to push yourself like a professional athletes, or someone in the media that you have just read an article about and seen how hard they train so feel like you can do the same, think about what there life is, do they have a fun time job, kids to cart around, the life that you do? probably not so you won't be able to keep up. Plus you most probably don't have the money to spare for physio and sports massages that these people do.
If you really feel like you want to do something and don't want to take those extra rest days, do a stretching session instead, our Stretch&Flex sessions work at improving posture, recovery, preventing injury and also toning and lengthening and strengthening the muscle at the same time.
4. Are you eating enough?
If you're focussed on weight loss it's easy to think that eating less with help, but if you've stepped up your fitness game you could be trying to make your body run on empty - unsurprisingly this will lead to serious fatigue and muscle soreness. If you starve the body for so long by cutting calories it will slow down so the next year you might burn say 400 less calories a day. if you are eating the right foods there is no need to cut back, MyFoodZone list of foods you should be getting and portion size can help you here. Calorie restriction is fine for short periods of time but unfortunately people are looking for body fat loss 12 months a year and the body hates that. Your body is smart and will adapt, so goals become very hard to reach in that state.
5. Working out for too long
If you stop seeing results you're bound to feel a bit down about it, if someone is doing a resistance session for and hour then they could probably have lifted heavier in the first 30 minutes to induce more fatigue in the muscles. Take a simple squat jump for instance, try doing these for 30 seconds but really powering up and jumping as high as you can, then try a minute of light jumps not getting deep in that squat for 1 minutes. The 30 seconds power jumps are going to be a lot tougher, yet its half the time spent! The point is that the more effort and power you put into each exercise the less time you need to be doing it.
Focusing on reaching or maintaining a certain weight will often just make you feel depressed and or lead to an unhealthy relationship with food.
The general population who want body fat loss shouldn't worry about the scales as they want a visual change or for their clothes to feel looser. Muscle weighs more than fat and one pound of it will have a lot less mass than one pound of fat. So your weight might not change or it could change a little but if you've built a small amount of muscle you've probably lost fat and look better.
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