Are you spending too much time at the gym and not getting enough in return? Perhaps you’ve got a bad habit– or a few– that’ve been hindering your progress.
Don’t worry, though, because here are four common workout no-nos you might be doing that you ought to quit– and what to do instead for your most efficient gym days yet!
Not only is the elliptical one of the more boring pieces of equipment at the gym, it’s also quite ineffective. For starters, the elliptical doesn’t use a natural body motion to exert your body. It’s the workouts that use natural physical motions such as jogging, bending, or jumping that are significantly more effective at enhancing your muscles. The elliptical may burn a few calories, but not much else!
Worse still, the elliptical makes it easy to start slacking. Unlike the treadmill, where it’s up to you to keep up with the pace you set, the elliptical might have you off and running from the get-go, but moving like a bored sloth ten minutes later.
Try doing a 20-minute cross training circuit (full of burpees, jumping rope, jumping squats, etc.), which will provide more results than 45 minutes of fooling around on an elliptical.
Too much cardio
Contrary to popular belief, cardio does NOT necessarily burn more calories– even though an hour on the treadmill gives you that instant jolt of satisfaction after seeing on the screen that you just took care of 425 calories.
A quick strength training or cross training session will raise your heart rate, burn calories, and also develop lean muscle mass. That’s the key– building lean muscle means those muscles can work throughout the day, even burning extra calories when you aren’t at the gym getting your pump on.
Hydrating with sports drinks
Sports drinks may sound like the thing to bring to a gym, but they’re stuffed with unnecessary sugars and calories. During your workout, hydrating with water accomplishes just what that Gatorade will– without the calories and sugar.
Even If you tend to feel tired during your workout, try fueling your body before. If you consume a healthy snack just 45 minutes before a workout, like almond butter on toast, it can give you more energy to last throughout the exercise.
Doing it alone
Working out alone can be good, as it provides you a little peace of mind, getting pumped up by your favorite jam as you melt away calories. But usually, it takes a workout buddy to keep you accountable for your progress.
Working out with a partner not only pushes yourself to push yourself, it makes most people go at it harder than they normally do when on their own. Besides, who could forget the power of friendly competition? Get inspired to do “one more than” your workout bud!
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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