We at Workout Plan usually tend to give you some straight-to-the-point workout tips that usually mirror in actual exercises or certain moves. In this article, however, we are focusing on some oblique pieces of advice that are not necessarily related to weights, reps, sets, etc.
We reached out to some of the best professional trainers out there and here’s what they had to say:
1. Ease Up On The Cardio
“Spending long periods of time doing cardio, particularly continuous, low-intensity cardio, can actually be counterproductive. It can cause the body to hold on to its energy sources … for fear that it will need them for future long, continuous exertions,” says, Annie Mulgrew of CityRow.
On the other hand, short bursts of high-intensity exercises or HIIT (high-intensity interval training) can do wonders for your figure.
According to Annie, “thirty minutes of HIIT is much more efficient and effective than an hour of steady-state cardio.”
2. What Your Scale Says Isn’t Crucial
That coveted yet notorious “perfect body” image we all have can be rather misleading and dangerous. The number on your scale doesn’t define you, nor is it your actual weight!
“The most harmful misconception about getting in shape is that you need to weigh less. For many people, the number on the scale shouldn’t matter. It isn’t what you weigh … The ratio of muscle to fat is far more important than the scale can reveal,” says Alycea Ungaro, owner and founder at Real Pilates.
3. Don’t Overthink It
This one can be applied to so many things in life, and it can be rather crucial when it comes to working out.
“There are lots of ways to achieve your health and fitness goals. Trying to figure out what you should do, how often, etc… can stop you before you start. Just find something you enjoy, make sure it’s something you can do at your current fitness level, and go for it,” says Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., Naked Nutrition.
Also, don’t forget to check out: 3 Scientifically Proven Ways To Boost Your Workout Motivation!