Exercise isn’t the key to fitness. Everybody knows this. You can’t out-train bad habits. They can, and will catch up with you eventually. So what can you change to finally reach fitness nirvana? Lots of things as it happens.
You can never out-train a bad diet. If you don’t get the nutrients, you need you’re going to underperform and start to have your fitness slip backwards over time. Not only that, but if you’re looking to count your calories to get lean, bad food isn’t going to help in the slightest.
The same is true if you’re trying to pack on muscle too. Sure you need a calorie surplus to do it, but if all those calories are from sugar and saturated fats, you won’t be getting nearly enough the muscle you’d be packing on with a leaner diet.
Not only is it empty calories, it dehydrates you and decreases your performance for up to three or four days. No amount of water guzzling is going to put the liquid back into your muscles in the way you need them to be. A drink here or there is fine. Even a few wild nights are acceptable, but they need to be space out.
These will never get you anywhere. If you’re using them for pain relief, you need to consider why you’re in pain in the first place. Not only can you get addicted, but you’re seriously putting your health at risk with many, many drugs. Taking fitness aside, you can ruin your life doing drugs.
If you think you’ve got a problem or the people who care for you think you do, please consider a drug addiction treatment center before it’s too late.
What are you even doing smoking if you’re into fitness? Smoking seriously harms your lungs. Not only are you going to end up choking and coughing through a workout session, you’ll never be able to push yourself as far as you could go if you weren’t a smoker.
Smoking diminishes your lung capacity greatly. What’s the thing you do the most during exercise? Breathing. Each breath will oxygenate your blood less than it would if you were a non-smoker. That will impact how your muscles perform too.
Too much or too little, sleep is the enemy and must be dealt with. If you’re not getting enough hours a night, you’re liable to be cranky and more than just a bit mentally slower than you would have been with a full night. Not only that, it’ll not give you the energy reserves to battle through a workout properly.
Sleep too much, and you’ll find yourself getting lethargic no matter if it’s only a few hours since you woke up. Not only that, but it’ll play havoc with your hormones.
It doesn’t matter how far you run or how heavy you lift if any one of these things is a regular part of your lifestyle you’re immediately putting yourself at a disadvantage. Do yourself a favor. Sort them out, and be the best you can be.