The New Year is approaching fast. This is a popular time for people to set goals and start improving their fitness habits. Which means now would be a good time to take a look at the most common habits you may have that push you further from reaching your New Year's resolutions.
- Tracking your food incorrectly-not using a food scale properly, tracking raw food but eating cooked and vice versa, forgetting to track the food you eat while cooking or "mindless snacking" are big ones I have seen people struggle with.
- Tracking your energy output incorrectly-overestimating how many steps you hit each day and overestimating your activity level during workouts can hurt you.
- Improper use of rest days-going for a run just to feel like you did something when you clearly needed a break to rest and recover. Your body doesn't want to lose weight (a stressor itself) when it's already stressed. Or the opposite-using a rest day to be super lazy and not track cals and not get up off the couch, which is also not great.
- Lack of sleep-this is a big one. Go to bed by 10:30pm and wake up by 6:30 am.
- Inconsistency-changing up workouts too often, changing your diet too soon, trying all the fads because it's popular at that time without sticking to one thing long enough to even see if it works.
- Poor stress management-you don't have any time to yourself, you're constantly running around taking care of everyone else but you. Work is stressful and you don't know how to cope and let go so you can enjoy life outside of work. Or vice versa, maybe home life is stressful and you can't help but bring that stress with you everywhere else. A stressed body isnt an easily adaptable body.
- Poor social boundaries-you can't make your own eating/drinking decisions when you're out with friends, family, or coworkers. You're constantly being peer pressured to drink more than you wanted. Or maybe they shame you into getting something that's higher calorie to make themselves feel better about the food choices they have made...they probably aren't doing it on purpose but learning to stand up for yourself and stick to your choices because they are helathy and good for YOU is important here.
Do you struggle with any of these? If so, let us know. Maybe we can help! Email us.