The 5 Hidden Costs of Your Old Fitness Routine

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Personal trainer and fitness expert Leah Arnold shares the five top weight loss and exercise pitfalls you should avoid in order to keep losing weight and stick with your fitness program this year!

As women all over the nation rush out to fulfill their resolutions to diet, lose weight, and exercise, many are overwhelmed by the sheer number of exercise and fitness programs out there. Personal trainer and fitness expert Leah Arnold has done your homework for you, giving you her list of the top five pit falls of sticking with a worn out exercise program, or joining a program that will wear out before you do! “Among my most successful clients lie a handful of critical steps that kept them on track, and kept their goals in focus," says Arnold. "These goal achievers avoided some costly mistakes by learning these very simple truths that could save you time, money, effort, and energy as you pursue your personal fitness goals this year.”

1. Monotony!

You are far less likely to keep working towards your goals if you let yourself become trapped in a program or routine that never changes. Make sure you have a range of options and choices in your health and fitness program, so that when monotony rears its ugly head, you can shake it off by shifting gears and adding new classes or workouts.

2. Not knowing the difference between a "quick" workout and a "quality" workout!

If you have weight loss goals but have never tried interval training, you're definitely not getting the most out of your time, money, or effort! There isn't much that's more effective at taking off extra weight as utilizing interval training. Proper use of interval training can help you burn up to 700% more fat calories per minute, so it's definitely worth looking into!

3. Believing one size fits all.

With all of the look-a-like homogenized express programs available, it’s very easy to be lulled into believing that what works for one person will work for you. Demand variety and choice in your fitness program. Look for facility that's willing to help you build your very own program, and help you to tweak it as you get closer to your goals.

4. Lack of knowledge.

If you have substantial goals you want to reach, but have never spent time with a certified trainer, you're not wringing the most out of your time and money. A certified trainer has a wealth of information to pass on that will make your time spent exercising the most effective it can possibly be, and help you avoid the pitfalls of over training, de-training and plateaus.

5. Procrastination!

Procrastinating kills goals and stymies positive outcomes. If you're not seeing the results you want in your current routine, do something about it now! Hanging on to a system or routine that isn't working for you will only continue to cost you more time and money without paying out the dividends you were expecting.

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