Myths and misconceptions – they’re a common component of a large number of workout timetables. Don’t fall into the same traps – follow my myth-busting guide to strike the right balance in your routine and achieve the goals (and body) you’ve always wanted!
Reality: Don’t be fed fitness nonsense– you absolutely, positively never need 60 minutes for an amazing cardio or strength session! Studies prove high-intensity interval training is great for you – and you can achieve great results in as little as 30 minutes a session. Just get off your butt and do something!
Reality: Plying yourself full of pasta before a workout really is a waste of calories – you don’t need to stockpile carbohydrates to achieve great results and last the distance (unless you’re running a marathon, that is). Have a small healthy snack featuring some protein and/or fruit and vegetables about 45 minutes before a session to help fuel your workout. Hydrate adequately, too.
Reality: Intensity is important to achieve your results, but so too is rest and recovery. Don’t overdo it and push yourself too hard too often, otherwise you’ll cripple your progress or, worse, suffer long-term injuries. Aim for a weekly total of three strong full-body sessions if you’re a beginner, or four-to-five split-body workouts if you’re an advanced trainer. Just be sure to get adequate recovery time in between – 24 hours for each muscle group/area is best.
Reality: Planning your workouts months in advance is great, but if sticking to a routine is proving taxing, is impacting your social life and/or bottoming-out your energy levels, the regime is simply not going to be sustainable. Workout when you can – remembering you really only need about 30 minutes at a time – and whenever you feel most energetic. Be ready and willing to change it up! Some days you’ll feel like exercising in the morning, others at night. Switching up your workout days – and what you do each session – will prevent burnout, give your body time to repair itself and ensure your improvements never plateau.
Remember to only follow advice that works for you. Develop a killer training timetable and see your results soar… and, most importantly, the fat melt away. And never be sucked in by another fitness flaw again!
Mark Moon is a holistic fitness and wellbeing coach with over 20 years experience educating people on the importance of a balanced and sustainable approach to their health and lifestyle. His philosophy is to teach people to think long term and big picture about how they want their life to look, and uses modalities such as strength training, yoga and life coaching to help them create it.
As a dynamic and down-to-earth trainer, Mark believes there are three key areas to sustainable fitness: MINDSET – NUTRITION – MOVEMENT – and when optimized, there’s no limit to the personal, professional and wider life goals you can achieve.
You can join Mark’s online fitness and yoga classes, or find him teaching in numerous Sydney-based health clubs including Body Mind Life, The Space Yoga Studio, Flow Athletic, Crunch Fitness and Fitness First.
Get unlimited access to our live online class, with access to the content library, meal planners and recipes.