What Not To Do

It’s important when you’re making fitness choices that you make the ones that will benefit you the most and that you avoid the ones that will hurt you. By hurt, I don’t mean physical soreness because let’s face it — exercise can make you sore and it should make you sore.

But what things should you avoid?

Starvation Diets

I don’t care if you lose 5 or 10 pounds by starving yourself, it’s just water weight and it comes right back. Starvation diets hurt you more than they help you. Our bodies are programmed for surivval, when food is scarce, our metabolisms slow down in order to store more fat and to utilize the bare minimum of what it must to survive. You won’t lose weight on a starvation diet, especially if you’re not exercising cause the body burns muscle before it burns fat.

Rabbit Food All The Time

Don’t skimp your steak for salad constantly. Protein provides your body with building blocks for muscles, cells and more. Why do you think that chicken soup tastes so good when you’re ill? It’s chock full of protein. Many protein products like steaks and eggs also have an amino acid in them called leucine. Leucine is a metabolism booster and it helps muscles out as well.

Avoid Muscle Machines

Lots of women I know don’t like lifting weights because they’re worried about bulking up, but women don’t bulk the way men do. Lifting weights is a fantastic way to build up body strength, muscle mass and burn fat. Lean muscle still burns more calories than no muscles, so don’t skip that workout if you can help it.

These are just a few things you shouldn’t do with some ample advice on what you should. Can you think of other things that you’ve done that maybe you shouldn’t have?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.

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