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4 Mistakes That Cause Your Fitness Goals to Fizzle by Rommel Velasco

Remember, saying, “New Year, new you?” Are you sticking to your plan? The motivation to go workout can quickly fizzle when better choices come along. Cake or carrots? Running or watching your favorite TV show? Find out what’s standing in your way and make your fitness goals a reality by avoiding these mistakes.

Mistake #1: You Don’t Have a Plan You’re at the gym, but now what do you do? Lift weights, run cardio — but how does this lead to the results you want? If your scheduled workouts and diet are sporadic, your results will be too. Follow a training and nutrition plan and balance your workout between cardio and strength — then you’ll be on track.

Mistake #3: Your Nutrition Isn’t Hitting the Mark Nutrition is the most important part of your fitness plan. The first step to success is going to the grocery store and planning your meals. Find ideas online or at your local gym. By beginning and ending your workouts with healthy food choices, you’ll have more energy, be more productive and recover faster.

A helping hand makes all the difference in reaching your fitness goals. Find a support system, a gym buddy or a personal trainer to help you stay on track and avoid these four mistakes. Don’t give up, you can do it!

Rommel Velasco is a certified personal trainer for Lifestyle Family Fitness in the Tampa Bay area.

Mistake #4: Packing on the Weight The guy next to you is curling 55-pound dumbbells while you’re holding 35-pounders. You think, “If he can lift those, I can go

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No matter what your goals are, excessive cardio may be hindering your progress. Cardio alone won’t give you the muscle tone you desire. Incorporate a circuittraining program that builds muscle while burning fat. This results in a fast-paced workout and elevated heart rate for stronger, leaner muscle mass.

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Mistake #2: You Do 10 Times More Cardio than Strength Training

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