Monday, 12 November 2007

Jumpstart Your Fitness: These roadblocks may surprise you

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Feeling derailed from your fitness and weight loss plans but the usual culprits aren't to blame? Consider these 10 roadblocks that you probably didn't think of:

Roadblock #1: You diligently stick to your 6am workout

Although as a general rule working out in the mornings statistically means you'll be more likely to stick with your plan, if you don't make a point to get enough sleep you're most likely secretly sabotaging yourself. It's no problem if you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night (that means in bed and sleeping by 10pm), but if you're getting more like 6 or less then you're at greater risk (as much as 30%) of gaining substantial weight and having a higher BMI -- 6am workout or not.
Roadblock #2: You avoid alcohol like the plague
Alcohol is one of those things that is best not done in extremes. Avoid it completely and you may miss out on some awesome heath benefits (people who indulge in 1 drink a couple times a week generally weigh less/have lower BMIs), but overdo it and you'll only tip the scale the other way (and increase your chances of developing obesity).

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