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From using her phone on the treadmill to resting between sets: Fit mother-of-two, 40, reveals the common 'gym traps' that hindered her weight loss

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5/27/2018 Cindy Tran

She's the 40-year-old mother with an enviable physique.

And it's clear physical education teacher Belinda Norton, from the Gold Coast, has worked extremely hard for her washboard abs.

But the fit mother-of-two admitted she used to fall into her own 'gym traps'.

Here, she revealed the common mistakes you could be making at the gym that hinder your weight loss efforts - and how you can fix them.

Belinda Norton, from the Gold Coast, has worked extremely hard for her washboard abs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Belinda Norton, from the Gold Coast, has worked extremely hard for her washboard abs

Belinda Norton, from the Gold Coast, has worked extremely hard for her washboard abs

a person that is standing in the water: She admitted she used to fall into her own 'gym traps' that affected her weight loss goals © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She admitted she used to fall into her own 'gym traps' that affected her weight loss goals

She admitted she used to fall into her own 'gym traps' that affected her weight loss goals

Bo Derek in a swimsuit on a beach: She revealed the mistakes you could be making at the gym that hinder your weight loss efforts © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She revealed the mistakes you could be making at the gym that hinder your weight loss efforts

She revealed the mistakes you could be making at the gym that hinder your weight loss efforts

'After years of going to the gym we tend to fall into bad habits. This is by doing the same thing over and over and our body simply gets used to it,' she said.

'Also over time we form other types of bad gym habits that we are unaware we have been doing. I personally fell into these gym traps. 

'I was trying to fit in work while I was warming up by being on the phone - this simple habit affected my session immensely and I was losing the quality in my sessions.

'I had switched my mind off and this also means my muscles too. This simple thought of being in the moment and thinking of your muscles moving and breathing makes a dramatic difference to weight loss goals.

'The key is to stay focused on your movements ensuring your are working at your full capacity after all you made the effort to get there now get going.'

a woman standing next to a body of water: The mother-of-two revealed the common mistakes you could be making at the gym that hinder your weight loss efforts - and how you can fix them © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The mother-of-two revealed the common mistakes you could be making at the gym that hinder your weight loss efforts - and how you can fix them


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Avoid using your phone on the treadmill

'Ensure you use your arms,' she said

Belinda explained how she used to by distracted while working out on a treadmill.

'I tried to fit in as much as I could I would do emails. When we are unfocused in training it makes the warm up for the session less productive,' she said.

Too much rest between weights set

'Avoid the phone scroll, are you laughing because you do it? b.truth: I see this all the time.. do you do it?' she asked.

'Laying on the mat or sitting in a machine? Avoid getting your phone out and get the session done with quality and less rest.'

a woman standing in front of a door: Belinda encouraged women to spend no longer than 10 minutes before swapping to another machine © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Belinda encouraged women to spend no longer than 10 minutes before swapping to another machine

Belinda encouraged women to spend no longer than 10 minutes before swapping to another machine

Spending too much time on any gym weights machine

Belinda encouraged women to spend no longer than 10 minutes before swapping to another machine.

'Plus it's good gym manners,' she added.

Not warming up properly

Spend at least 10 minutes doing a cardio warm up on any machine, including treadmill, stepper, bike or air walker.

She said 10 minutes of slow walk will not warm you up properly or energise your muscles.

'Add speed and incline to get moving,' she said.

a group of people on a beach posing for the camera: The mother completely overhauled her lifestyle that she was able to transform her body © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The mother completely overhauled her lifestyle that she was able to transform her body

The mother completely overhauled her lifestyle that she was able to transform her body

Don't think about what's for dinner

When you start thinking about food during your workout session, Belinda said this hinders your energy performance level.

'It starts the body fueling thought process and this is counterproductive to training,' she explained.

'Notice when you start thinking about food, it either makes you feel sick or hungry. This is not what you need in the middle of a session.' 

Avoid long gossip session

She encouraged people not to go to the gym to have long gossip sessions.

'Get the session done and use the steam room for the gossip,' she said.

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