I used to be a jogger. I say "used to" because I fell off a 12' ladder in 2005 and shattered my heel which resulted in a trip to ER and three surgeries. Today I walk, but Charlotte and I are pretty routine about our exercise routines.
Three to four days a week, you'll find Charlotte on the treadmill or using Wii Fit. Me? I'll be out for a four mile hike in our neighborhood. We're both cancer survivors, so we appreciate just how important it is to exercise. We stick to our programs, but a lot of workout and fitness routines get hijacked by some pretty common mistakes.
1. Working out without a plan
I used to have a gym membership and I'd walk in and just wing it. Not a great idea. I never got the results I wanted because I never had a workout plan to help me reach my goal. Hire a trainer or do some online research to help you get a plan in place, then stick with it. You'll be a lot happier with the results.
2. Doing too much at once
Pushing your body too far is a good way to break it (believe me, I know). Your body needs time to repair itself, so alternate days of strength training -- upper body one day, lower the next day. It's a good way to help minimize damage and decrease soreness.
3. Not following a sound diet
Want your body to recover faster? Fuel it with the best nutrients. Your body needs protein and vitamins so make sure what you're eating furthers your fitness goals. Plan your diet like you plan your workouts.
4. Losing focus
Cardio sessions can take a solid 20-30 minutes and a good weight program can take up to 45 minutes. Be a clock watcher to make sure that one-minute rest period doesn't turn into five or 10 minutes. Keep focused and moving towards completion.
5. Being active only during workouts
Hey, I looooove being a couch potato, but a little bit of that goes a long way. Workouts are just harder when they're the only time you're physically active. When we're sedentary it slows circulation and fat burning which counteracts our workouts. In addition to working out, Charlotte and I work in the yard or down at the ranch to keep us active. Whatever you do - just remember to keep moving.