Six ways you sabotage your workout

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1.Going without a game plan: Making sure you create a plan of what you’re going to do in the gym before leaving home. Decide what you want to accomplish during your workout, and write it down. 

Not only does writing out your workout make you feel accountable for seeing it through, but it makes the time you spend exercising much more efficient, too. If you are not sure where to starts with planing a workout, try to find a balance of strength training and cardio conditioning. 

 

2. Texting while workout: You might think that quickly checking your messages or e-mail mid-workout is no biggie. After all, it only takes a few seconds to respond to a text from a friend, right?

Bad news: Even in the six-seconds it takes to check your phone, you’re shifting your attention away from your workout. “An effective workout requires focus.” Leave your phone at home or in the locker room when you’re sweating. If you need it for your music, put it in airplane mode.

3. Not hydrating before your workout:  You know that you can’t exercise without a bottle of water by your side—but chances are, you’re skimping on the H2O you need beforehand, especially if you work out in the morning. After eight hours of sleep, your body needs you to replenish your supply of water. 

4. Putting your iPod on shuffle: Nothing is worse than having “Teardrops on My Guitar” by Taylor Swift start playing when you really need “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé to get you back into that heck-yes-I’m-a-beast mindset. 

“No one wants to stop mid-workout to skip through Pandora until you find a good song,” says Masiello. Talk about a buzz kill.

5. Saving strength training for last: If you’re doing cardio and strength training on the same day, saving strength training for post-cardio might impact your performance much more than you realise.

This is because It’s easier to focus on getting your form right during squats if you do them first. Using proper form will protect you from injuries. Resist the temptation to get your treadmill session out of the way before hitting the weights. That way, you’ll be able to really zero in on acing that deadlift.

6. Sticking to the same routine everyday: If you’ve been doing the same routine for weeks, odds are you mind and body will be bored. You have to change your routine to keep seeing a change in your body and fitness levels. Try a new pilate class, check out CrossFit with a friend, or just mix in a few different exercises on leg day. Your body will thank you, and it’ll help keep you more interested in working out, too, since you’re less likely to get bored.

Source: womenshealthmag.com

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