When you do the same activity day after day, week after week, your mind isn’t the only thing that gets bored—your muscles do, too. After a while your body stops being challenged and your results plateau.
Correct it: Change things up. Go for a hike on the weekend instead of doing your usual power walk. Find new strength moves that work the same muscles. Any little way to mix things up and challenge yourself with something new is a step in the right direction.
Mistake #2: You’re a slave to cardio
While aerobic exercise is good for your body and soul, if you don’t balance those workouts with some strength exercises, you’re not only compromising your results but missing a key component of health and fitness. Resistance training—weight lifting, or strength training—is the only way to increase lean muscle mass and lose stubborn bulges. That’s important on many levels, especially as we start to get older.
Starting in their 30s, women lose about 1/2 pound …