Cardi-Oh No!: 5 Common Cardio Mistakes

Alright, you’ve decided to start eating healthier to lose weight and adding more exercise into your daily routine to burn off excess calories and fat. You’re already ahead of plenty of other people in the game of overall health and wellness. However, you may be in danger of sabotaging your efforts before you truly begin. If your strategy is to eat salads and run a lot, you’re going to be in for some tough times and frustration when you don’t see the results you think you should.

It takes time to put on weight, and just like putting it on, it won’t come off overnight. This is going to be a journey and not one that you should stop once you hit your goal. Weight loss and healthier living are intertwined; you need to maintain the healthy habits you build over your journey once you hit your goal weight so that you can keep your body strong and healthy for years to come, prolonging your life and well-being.

In an effort to save you from anger and wondering why your efforts aren’t being rewarded, we’ve compiled a list of common cardio mistakes you should avoid when starting your weight loss and exercise journey.

1. Doing the same thing the same way every day

Your body needs variation and challenge to get stronger and leaner. If you run and only run, then you’re going to plateau quickly since your body will get used to that specific resistance. You need to switch things up and try different forms of cardio when you work out.

2. Working out every day

This is actually counterintuitive, making it pretty high on our cardio mistakes list. Your body needs rest to repair the muscles. If you just continually put it through the gauntlet of working out, it’s never going to fully have time to repair and show you the results you’re looking for. Essentially, you’re just going to burn yourself out.

3. Capping your intensity

Similar to switching up exercises, you need to throw your body, specifically your heart, for a loop and perform high-intensity workouts to really get the blood flowing. Performing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) spikes your heart rate (in a good way) and burns more calories per minute than just sticking to your same old pace and routine.

4. Not eating the right diet

If you run run run and only eat salads, you’re not getting enough of the right nutrition and your body is calories, macro-, and micronutrient starved; in reality, it will just hit starvation mode and you won’t lose any more weight. You need to follow a healthy and balanced diet and exercise to get the results you want.

5. Focusing only on cardio

We’ve written about it before, but you need to add strength training into your workout routine. This builds and tones muscles to make you appear leaner and tighter, while your balanced diet helps shed the unwanted pounds that make you look and feel bloated.

And really, weight loss is as easy as that. Eat a balanced diet, workout with strength training and various cardio exercises, and take time to rest and recover. Contact us today to learn more about our weight loss options, how to find the right diet for your needs, and creating a workout regimen that you can maintain to get the results you want!