Today we’re diving into the 2nd reason you may not be losing weight or seeing results from your workout routine.
In my last post, I told you I hated to admit the reason (eating wisely) was true, but this one I kind of love.
Reason #2: you’re focusing too much on “cardio.”
What? You don’t have to do hours and hours of cardio to lose weight? Absolutely not.
It’s great news for all of us.
Now don’t get be wrong, I’m a big proponent of movement; moving your body as much as possible, staying active and getting your heart rate up on a regular basis.
But another misconception that many of us have when it comes to losing weight is that we have to do hours and hours of “cardio” to burn calories – and then we will finally lose weight or see results.
I was queen of cardio in college. I’d go to the gym, hop on the elliptical and watch TV as I slaved away one foot after the other.
Did I see results? Nope. Not at all.
I didn’t see results because of faulty thinking.
I used to believe that if I did cardio or “worked out” that day I could eat or drink more of what I wanted.
When I was in my 20’s I specifically remember running 2 miles in the morning and feeling so proud of my efforts that I would treat myself with a large Ice Blended from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
Just to give you a little perspective on how faulty my thinking was:
Calories burned during a 2 mile run at 10 minute pace: 200
Calories in a large Ice Blended: 600
I’m willing to bet I’m not alone in this temptation to reward myself after long, boring cardio sessions.
For me, it all changed when I started Pilates.
Pilates didn’t rev my metabolism in the same way (for better or worse) which saved me from over-indulging and rewarding myself for a grueling workout.
Pilates let me to be more mindful of my body, my movement and my choices which carried over into my choices in the kitchen.
Rather than rewarding myself and (unknowingly) replacing my calories burned and then some, I found myself wanting to make food choices that supported my work on the mat.
So is cardio bad?
Absolutely not. Exercise that elevates your heart rate and improves your cardiovascular health is wonderful and I highly recommend it (please don’t send me an email telling me I said cardio is not good for you).
But the bad habit that many of us fall into is slaving away doing cardio as we’ve been told to do; cardio that we don’t enjoy; so that we can indulge (or over-indulge) later.
The important point I want to drive home is that even if you are doing hours of cardio like you “should,” if you aren’t being mindful of your food choices and movement choices you will not lose weight or see results.
What to do right now…
I challenge you to take an honest look at your cardio routine.
Can you relate to my story of doing cardio and then rewarding yourself beyond what it is healthy?
How can you incorporate cardio into your routine in a way that promotes balance, healthy food choices and mindfulness?
Come over to my Facebook page and let me know that you read this post and you’re thinking about this concept.
I’d love to hear any realizations or thoughts you have as well.
Have a great week! Stay tuned….reason #3 will be going out soon.
PS – to get caught up: my disclaimer on writing about weight loss and Reason #1 you’re not losing weight or seeing results.
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