Top reasons why your workout is NOT working

bea_blHello everybody!

We all went through these little mistakes in our fitness journey, wanting to see results after the first day in the gym or having to big expectations. No matter how much we hope, workout results will never appear overnight. But there are a few things in your routine that you can change to speed up the time it takes to reach your goals. Read these tips below to find out why your work out is not working.

  1. You are not paying attention on your nutrition

Exercise is necessary, but if you’re not eating a healthy and nutritious diet, you could be setting yourself back. Even if you’re doing all the right exercise routines, nothing can out train a poor diet. Remember weight/fat-loss is 80% diet, and 20% exercise. So the next time you walk out of the gym, think twice of what you going to eat after!

  1. Miscounting Calories

We all love to watch the number under “Calories Burned” increase on the exercise machine at the gym, but you can’t rely on that number too much. Fitness machines are only estimating how many calories you have burned. This is because people burn calories and fat at different rates. When we see on the machines that we burned lots of calories, somehow we allow to ourselves to eat more, or eat not so healthy food, because already “burned” those calories.  So pay attention and don’t let your mind trick you!

  1. Not drinking enough water!

One of the most essential things you can do during your workout is hydrate! When you work out, your body is depleting nutrients while you sweat, so it is extremely important to replenish those nutrients by hydrating. Even though sports drinks may taste better, they are also filled with sugars. Water is always the best way to go!

  1. Doing The Same Fitness Routine

Try to change your workout routines! Not only does it give certain areas of your body a rest, but it also makes your work outs more fun and exciting. Try exercising with a partner or friend, so have someone to push you through your workout. Fitness classes are always a nice challenge. Try out something new like dance classes, jump classes or yoga, when you get tired from the weights room!

  1. Focusing On One Area

We all know about those girls who are doing just cardio, running/ walking on the treadmill, or guys with big upper body and slim legs, this is because they focus only on the same body parts. For best results, focus on exercises that target multiple parts of your body at once, like lunges or squats! If you are going to focus on one area per day, make sure you switch it up next time.

  1. You are doing too much cardio

Cardio is great for getting the blood flowing and burning calories, but TOO MUCH cardio won’t help you gain any definition. A good workout routine consists of a combination between strength, resistance, cardio, and flexibility training. Incorporating workout routines that involve weights, and using your own body weight, can help tone muscles and give definition. This is how you achieve a lean and sculpted body.

  1. Not Getting Enough Sleep

One of the most important things to remember is your body needs rest. Even if you can’t sleep 8 hours per night, try to get as much as possible. Resting is especially important after a hard workout, to ensure your muscles have enough time to repair, and for your body to replenish energy. Recovery also speeds up your metabolism, and is absolutely essential for great results!

Hope you will pay more attention next time you work out.

Have a great weekend! :*

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Pumpkin and Lentil Curry in Coconut Milk

Hello my dears!

I know I did not post a lot lately, but now i’m back to blogging. I really missed it, cause this blog is pat of me, my life and I want to inspire you all my lovely readers with my recipes, fitness and health tips.

Here I am with a new delicious recipe from a great girl I follow for some time, her name is Dania and you you can visit her blog here.

wpid-img_20141124_144532_1.jpgI made some little modification at the recipe, so here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chopped pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of lentils
  • 1/2 cups chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 small piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric or curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chili cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 a can of coconut milk
  • Himalayan salt and pepper
  • A handful of fresh chopped coriander

Instructions:

Sautee’ the on a little olive oil the onion, after 1 minute add the garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, green pepper, curry powder and cook it for 2 more minutes. Add the chopped pumpkin and the coconut milk and cook it till it gets soft. Add the cooked lentils and chickpeas and cook it all together for a few more minutes. Once all is cooked add the chopped coriander and it’s ready to be served!

Try it out, and let me know what you think, I tell you it’s amazing! 😉

Enjoy!