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11 Post-Workout Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Fitness Goals

11 Post-Workout Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Fitness Goals

If you are working hard to reach your fitness goals, you might struggle to reach them if your post-workout habits are not quite as healthy as your training sessions. So, what are the post-workout mistakes you should avoid? The following factors are some of the key things to avoid.

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    1. Under-training:

    You need to train enough to get the results you are looking for. Training once a week will not lead to significant results. You need to consistently train at least three times a week.

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      2. Overtraining:

      Training too much is as bad as not training enough, if not worse. Your muscles need to recover in-between workouts. If you don’t let your body recover you will not see great results, as it’s when your body is recovering from exercise that your muscles and nervous system are growing stronger. It is likely that you will only achieve 70% of your potential by overtraining, and there is a strong possibility you will get injured or sick.

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        3. Sleep Deprivation:

        It is important to get to sleep by 10 p.m as this is when your body is focused on body repair. Also you should aim for at least eight hours of sleep a night, as the body focuses on psychological repair from 2 a.m to 6 a.m. If you are tired it is impossible to have a truly amazing workout. And if you are tired it is very easy to eat the wrong types of food. So get to bed on time.

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          4. Protein Deficient Diet:

          Your body needs protein to recover from your training session and help build more muscle. You want to have protein at every meal, including breakfast. It is very easy to be deficient in protein if you are eating a diet of cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner. Look carefully at what you are eating and ask yourself if you are getting enough. If you are training the minimum amount of protein you need daily is 1g per kilogram of body weight. So if you weigh 60kg you need 60g of protein a day.

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            5. Highly Processed Food:

            The food you are eating has to be of the very best quality so you can get the most out of your training sessions. The very best quality is organic unprocessed natural foods. These foods have the most nutrition and least toxins. If you are eating foods where the ingredients sound like something out of a chemistry lab, you are not doing your body any favors.

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              6. Dehydrated Body:

              If your urine is darker than straw colored you are likely to be dehydrated. This is a disaster for your training as even a 1% level of dehydration will have a significant impact on your fitness. Make sure you take a bottle of spring water with you when you are training. Also, aim to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.

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                7. High Stress Lifestyle:

                If your life is highly stressful it would be very difficult for you to achieve great fitness results. The body prioritizes dealing with stress over body repair. When the body is under stress it releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol breaks down muscle and promotes fat storage. Find ways of reducing your stress load; maybe take up qi gong or tai chi.

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                  8. Not the Right Balance of Macro Nutrients:

                  Everyone has a different balance of macro nutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrate) that works most efficiently for their body. For example, some people can tolerate very little carbohydrate without packing on the pounds whereas the next person can eat a great deal more carbohydrate and be in perfect shape. You can find out what the ideal combination of fat, protein and carbohydrate is for your body by completing a metabolic type questionnaire.

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                    9. Emotional Eating:

                    Another mistake is to view food in an emotional way, rather than in a more rational manner. Many people eat certain foods to make them feel better; or comfort eat. If you can view food like fuel for your body that is much better as you would eat when hungry and stop when slightly full.

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                      10. Binging on Alcohol:

                      Binging on alcohol is a big no-no when it comes to training. I have trained with a hangover and I can tell you that it is simply a waste of a training session, you may as well not bother. Alcohol can also pack on the pounds as its high in calories with no real nutritional benefit. Alcohol is also dehydrating which is stressful on the body, which negatively impacts on your fitness session. If you want to go out and socialize, I would strongly suggest having a sensible limit on the amount you drink.

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                        11. Skipping the Stretch:

                        Many people skip stretching after their workout which is really stupid as stretching is important to bring down your stress hormones. Stretching also helps your body recover after your workout by minimizing the muscle stiffness you can get after a workout; which means you can train sooner rather than later.

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                        Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                        1. Breathe

                        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                        2. Loosen up

                        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                        3. Chew slowly

                        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                        4. Let go

                        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                        It’s not. Promise.

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                        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                        5. Enjoy the journey

                        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                        6. Look at the big picture

                        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                        Will this matter to me…

                        • Next week?
                        • Next month?
                        • Next year?
                        • In 10 years?

                        Hint: No, it won’t.

                        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                        8. Practice patience every day

                        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                        Final thoughts

                        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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