7 Workout Mistakes That Will Stop You From Getting in Shape

You consistently work out, you try to eat right, and you get as much sleep as your schedule allows. So, why aren’t you seeing any results from your efforts? The truth is, getting in shape is a journey, not a sprint. You won’t see results in a day or two, or even a week. It requires sustained effort for a long period of time. And though it’s difficult, the hard work eventually does pay off.

Unless it doesn’t — then it’s hard to imagine anything more frustrating. So, how can you tell where you’re going wrong? Here are seven mistakes you might be making that are stopping you from reaching your fitness goals.

1. Long rest periods

man resting after a workout

Don’t take too long between sets. | iStock.com

You need to recover between sets and workouts, but make sure you’re not taking too long. While resting between sets is important, resting too much can have the opposite effect. If you’re taking breaks that are too long, your heart rate lowers, which stops your body from refueling your muscles. Aim to rest anywhere from 30 to 90 seconds in between each of your sets. Again — this will maximize the amount of calories you’re burning and the amount of muscle you’re building.