It happens to even to the most dedicated of us – you skipped your daily workout and hammer curled a giant bowl of pasta into your mouth instead. These fitness slip ups are without a doubt frustrating, but that doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel just yet. Orangetheory Fitness trainer and fitness expert, Kristen Bennett, explains what factors may be contributing to your fitness blunders and provides tips to avoid faltering on these speed bumps as you cruise down the road of fitness success.
Skimping on hydration. Not drinking enough water is a sure sign that your workout regimen will belly flop. Experiencing symptoms like fatigue, muscle cramps, and dizziness will only make it easier for you to excuse yourself from your workout routine. Not to mention, dehydration also causes your body to receive mixed signals on hunger, motivating you to believe that you need to eat when really all you need is a big glass of H2O. To stay energized and avoid eating unnecessary calories, a good rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water everyday.
Avoiding quality time with your bed. When you’re busy and overworked, sleep is the last of your priorities. However, making sleep the least of your worries could be the reason you’re still worrying about your health. When you’re sleep deprived, not only will you feel ravenously hungry, which will make you consume more, but you’ll also crave carb-y and calorie-filled foods because your body is seeking an alternate source of energy. Prevent this from happening by catching up on your beauty sleep and aiming for 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. For those who have difficulty falling asleep at night or waking up in the morning, going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day will help your body get in a regular routine and keep your sleep cycle on track.
Eating and exercising mindlessly. Distractedly eating or exercising will inevitably cause you to eat more and burn less. When mindlessly shoveling chips into your mouth, you can easily lose track of how much you’re consuming. In the same way, when you’re exercising without a purpose you’ll overestimate how hard you’re working and be much less likely to break a good sweat. When working towards a healthier lifestyle, diet and exercise go hand in hand. It is important to practice both with a purpose and focus on the task at hand.
Most people will experience a fitness lapse after committing to a regular workout routine. It’s part of the process of breaking old habits and adopting new ones. Acknowledging these slips ups and taking the steps to avoid them are a foolproof plan to reach your fitness goals.
As a trainer at Orangetheory Fitness, Kristen Bennett finds joy is helping others achieve their personal fitness goals and discover their own passion for working out. She is an avid fitness enthusiast who partakes in running, cycling and weight lifting in addition to regularly taking Orangetheory Fitness classes herself. Bennett is a NASM certified personal trainer committed to furthering her education in kinesiology and physical therapy. She can be found training Orangetheory Fitness members in Scottsdale at OTF Paradise Valley.