We all know that exercise and a healthy diet are good for us, but it can be hard to know exactly what you should (and shouldn’t) do for a productive fitness routine. To help you achieve your health goals, I’ve spoken to a personal trainers about all the things you should never do.
From fasting before the gym to excessive amounts of cardio, below are eight things personal trainers advise you never want you to do.
Don’t overdo the cardio
Constant cardiovascular exercise interferes with the body’s ability to recover from strenuous workouts. This can often lead to burnout and injury. Excessive cardio exercise lowers your body’s natural immune system, which can then open up the possibility of contracting colds and viruses. With this in mind, I was advised keeping the cardio sessions to 20 minutes a few days per week.
Don’t fast before working out
You’ll quickly realize how ineffective your physical, cognitive, and processing abilities are without eating food. This can cause any weight loss you’re striving for to be short-lived, as once the body switches from starvation mode, it then suddenly switches to turn food into fat.
Don’t eat candy
Candy is made primarily of sugar, which is the leading cause of diabetes, obesity, and behavioral problems in adults and children. But if you can’t resist the siren song of sweets, I would recommend eating healthier alternatives, such as berries, dates, or a nutritional protein bar. These choices allow you to enjoy the same flavor and texture of your favorite foods without the sugar and excess calories.
Don’t skip out on water
You never want to become dehydrated, dehydration is not only very hard on your body, but it also tricks your mind into thinking that you’re hungry. This can actually cause you to eat more than you’d like.
Don’t engage in negative self-talk
Negative self-talk leads to self-sabotage. Praise yourself for what you have accomplished, even if you start with baby steps.
Never count calories
Your body will tell you what you need, and this often varies based on your daily activity. You’ll want to pay attention to how you eat and learn to feel how food affects your body.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Despite how tempting it may be, I strongly advise against comparing yourself to others. Your body is unique to you and that’s amazing.
Don’t use supplements
Even if they are strongly recommended by a friend, do not use supplements of any kind. Supplements are unnatural and may cause water retention, inflammation, and a host of other problems.