Warning! 3 Fitness Shortcuts that will Shortchange your Body

22 May

 

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I get it! You’re a busy person…hitting the gym isn’t always first on your to-do list.

Maybe your weekdays and weekends are often booked solid. Maybe you just wrapped up a full day at work and have kids waiting for you at home.

Time constraints, project deadlines and personal obligations can keep us so busy we overlook little things that can actually make a big difference to physique, health and overall progress.

We’re all guilty of looking for ways to save time, but all the corner cutting may not be worth it.  They might seem like just  “little things”, but by quitting your workout early or skimping on nutrition, you won’t earn the biggest dividends.

 

Here are shortcuts that won’t help you.

 

1. Don’t cut your cardio short.

Who can honestly say they haven’t done this? I certainly can’t! Oh sure, shave off 3 minutes here and 7 minutes there. Its easy to look at the digitized display in front of you and think “Meh, it doesn’t really matter. Close enough to the end.”  Wrong!

 

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Think about it : Shaving off 5-10 minutes of cardio can mean hours of missed training time.  Take those 5 minutes and add them up over weeks, months or years and you’ll see that every minute truly does count.

If you’re in a hurry, get to the gym 5 minutes earlier instead of shaving it off your treadmill or exercise time. You’ll thank yourself later for the minimal sacrifice you made today.

 

2. Quit snubbing a proper warm-up, stretch or cool-down

 

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Stretching helps avoid injuries, muscle imbalance problems, chronic pain and tightness, and bone structure alignment issues later in life. Elongating your muscles after their spend so much time in flexion is a fabulous release and helps maintain muscle balance.

Remaining reasonably flexible, even as you put on mass, is good for your range of motion.

Furthermore, circulating blood via warm-ups and cool-downs is good for your muscular, cardiovascular and central nervous systems.

 

3.  Stop skipping your multivitamin

 

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I’m not a huge fan of taking pills in the morning. I’m guilty of skipping my vitamin too. It only takes 3 seconds to take a multivitamin, and yet most people constantly skip it. Are we really in that much of a hurry?

I don’t care how clean your diet is. You can eat as many fruits and vegetables and clean foods to your heart’s desire, but food alone will still not be able to give a busy, active body all the nutrients it needs.

Many multivitamins contain minerals and vitamins essential for muscle recovery, brain health, proper fluid retention and sound sleep. Many products out there also contain probiotics and other ingredients that allow for healthy digestion, stronger hair and better skin.

Never forget to take your multivitamin!

 

 

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6 Responses to “Warning! 3 Fitness Shortcuts that will Shortchange your Body”

  1. Shazo Fullard May 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I have been using Vital for Woman any other recommendations

    • nataliegermishuys May 23, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      I’m sure that’s adequate. I use Centrum but Vital is a great brand 🙂

  2. Colin DeWaay May 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I’m definitely too guilty of number 2!

    • nataliegermishuys May 23, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      And me of no. 3 lol. Hopefully this post will make us think. Everything is in place for our well-being. Good luck! 🙂 And thanks for always giving positive feedback

      • Colin DeWaay May 26, 2013 at 1:20 am #

        You bet and good luck to you too! 🙂

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