Whether want to get your pre-baby body back or just take control of how you look and feel, sidestepping these common mistakes could help. This CRB Tech Reviews speak out to all busy moms.
No matter what stage you are at after the birth of your little one, taking charge of your training and avoiding the pitfalls will help you build momentum. More essentially, it will restore the confidence you need to get back on track with your goals.
1. You Are Doing What Everyone Else Does
When we are unsure, we often resort to doing what everyone around us is doing. For many women at the gym, this means trying slow-moving cardio machines and performing the same old half-hearted lightweight upper-body workouts. This approach isn’t bad, but it also isn’t optimal.
If you have a busy lifestyle and a few kids to look after then you want to make every minute in the gym count. For me, that’s where high-intensity interval training (HIIT) really works.
HIIT offers all of the fat-burning benefits of longer sessions without the added time commitment. Studies have shown that by combining brief periods of high-intensity exercise with periods of lower intensity, that can create intense workouts which will increase your athletic capacity, add muscle while burning fat, and even improve your metabolism.
Using this technique has helped me to get in and out of the gym while crushing an effective workout, maintaining my shape, juggling my work, and raising two kids.
2. No Workout Goals
If you’re getting back in the gym after a gap, exercise might cause some amount of discomfort. Unfortunately, when you’re in the middle of the struggle. This is when having small goals for each workout is essential.
Whatever your approach, meeting or overflowing your expectations will keep your mind sharp, your healthy habits on point, and your physique headed in the right direction.
3. Spending Too Much Time on “Prep” Exercises
Any trainer worth listening to will tell you that dynamic warm-ups and mobility drills are essential to prevent injury and target the correct muscles. But they’re not a replacement for a proper workout.
4. We Warm Up the Wrong Way
The old school ways to warm up was to use static stretches to “relax” overactive muscles and to get ligaments and tendons ready for action. We’ve all done this. Well, it turns out we had it wrong. Warming up with static stretches can actually be detrimental to performance, especially if you are performing resistance training.
5. We Don’t Listen to Your Body
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as “no pain, no gain.” You must be able to differentiate between the pain of exertion and the pain of injury, which takes practice. I have pushed myself too far many times; injuring me in the process and setting me back several weeks.
On the other hand, you can also limit yourself by letting your mind tell you to stop when your body can handle far, far more.
6. We Don’t Trust the Process
It’s a fact of life that we often end up sabotaging the goals we want most desperately to achieve.
In fitness, this happens in many ways. It’s that moment of weakness when we get distracted and change workouts every couple of weeks, even though we are far from mastering the last ones. It’s when we skip sessions for no good reason, dive into brutal workouts when you know you’re tired and probably not able to give your best, or going through the motions with easy workouts that don’t challenge.
If we struggle with having too many choices which is normal don’t hesitate to reach out to other people who have already achieved, and learn from them. Someone else has already learned these lessons the hard way. Just a little bit of wisdom from them can create all the difference!
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