Five Fitness Habits to Avoid this Summer

Fitness habits

Poorly considered and damaging fitness habits can only lead to frustration and anger.

Have you ever noticed how busy the gym is come summer and how empty it is during the winter? A lot of the time this can be put down to overambitious weight loss goals set during the holiday period.

Fitness should be an exciting and pleasurable experience to ensure you don't stop before the results show. A beach body doesn't appear overnight and you certainly won't improve if you don't put the work in. The key is to measure your success; by keeping targets small and reasonable, you can progress through the summer with ever improving fitness.

I'm going to train every day

This is a common goal and one we hear a lot in the run up to the summer season. With the rise in workout DVDs and smartphone apps making fitness accessible, it's not surprising people are looking to work out more frequently. It's great to be active but intense training sessions require breaks in-between to avoid burn out. If you can train every day without feeling ill effects, it may be worth questioning if your routines are intense enough.

There's a certain amount of pressure when making a promise to train every day. Your standards are set, your body will gain resilience but it only takes one missed work out to feel like you've failed. This can not only be exhausting physically, but mentally. Goals based around frequency are arbitrary and really mean nothing unless you set a time needed to train in order to reach your fitness peak.

I'm going to try the diet

This is perhaps the biggest mistake people make when "losing weight". Diets alone don't work. It's a temporary fix to make you feel better when not exercising. You run the risk (excuse the pun) of losing all motivation to exercise as you pile on the pounds. Yes, not eating can actually make you put weight on. Leaving out breakfast/dinner is all too common, but will slow down your metabolism leaving you feeling hungry. It's much easier to maintain healthy habits over time than it is to diet. There's just some small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to your health:Smaller portion sizes is a good start. We know what you're thinking; getting used to smaller portion sizes is easier said than done. Relax, we're not asking you to go hungry. Sure you might feel as though you could do with a few more helpings, but trust us. Serve up half of what you would usually eat, sit back and tuck into your meal. After finishing, take a few minutes to let your food settle and if you're still hungry, help yourself to what's left. It takes roughly 20 minutes for your body to realise it's full. If you've been overeating that means you don't even notice until it's too late. It turns out an apple a day (and a banana, kiwi and orange) can keep your doctor away. It doesn't take a genius to work out that eating fruit is the key to a healthy diet. There's plenty of options out there, all that's left for you to do is make a selection.

I'm too tired

Sometimes you feel exercise tired, it seems easier to slack while you're on the job. When you sacrifice the quality of your exercise regime for laziness it causes you to preform each exercise with minimal effort. In the end you aren't getting as much out of your exercise as you're putting in. The result is the same, and the time you wasted is the same either way. Rushing through an exercise or not giving it your full attention can lead to injuries, especially when rebounding on a trampoline. Focus on completing tasks to the best of your ability.

I don't need to exercise

It's a battle of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter - right? When it comes to fitness it should always matter. You set targets, signed up to the gym and pushed your body. They were all choices you made with the intention of maintaining a solid fitness level. Don't fall into the mental debate between whether or not you should work out. Instead, try not to think about it too much, because all that temptation will give you reasons to avoid feeling the burn. Your body will thank you when the effort is made.

Trampoline toning

Trampolines are a brilliant way to exercise. We have a great range of trampoline park features. Aside from being brilliant fun, trampolining has several proven health and fitness benefits. Sticking to a routine for bouncing and rebounding can strengthen muscles and improve your fitness by elevating your pulse rate and ensuring that oxygen is pumped around your body. This makes trampolines the perfect addition to your garden this summer if you're looking to tone up those wobbly bits.

If it's group fitness you're after, check out our class schedules here at Jump Nation. We wish you all the best of health this summer.

Published by Jump Nation on July 8, 2015 at 3:20 PM

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