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5 Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Workout

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Not seeing the results you want from your workouts? You might be sabotaging things without even knowing it! If you’ve been working out regularly for eight weeks or longer without results, you might want to take a look at what you’re doing that might keep you from getting the full benefit of every workout. Check out the following list to see what bad habits might be keeping you from getting the best workout possible and learn how to tweak your exercise routine for the results you want!

5. Skipping the Warm-Up

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A good warm-up gets your body ready to move more efficiently and can increase the effectiveness of your workout. You’re also less likely to sustain an injury following a warm-up and some studies indicate that warming up before your workout can even lessen the effects of DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness). You don’t have to spend a lot of time warming up, either. A few minutes to warm up before your workout will wake up your muscles and get the blood pumping, so you can get the most out of your workout.

4. Over-Limiting Calorie Intake

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Dieting and exercise seem to go hand-in-hand, but too many people are hitting the gym hard without fueling their bodies properly beforehand. Without enough energy to burn, not only will you be less energetic for your workout, but you may also end up burning muscle instead of fat. Always make sure you fuel up properly before your workout, and never deprive your body of much-needed calories in order to lose weight. Instead, follow a healthy diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains and vegetables. A healthy diet in conjunction with a good workout program will allow you to lose weight safely and effectively!

3. Working Out Too Long

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As with most things in life, moderation is key when getting in your daily dose of exercise. In fact, many studies show that working out longer than 45 minutes to an hour can actually push the body into what’s known as a “negative hormonal state,” which can have a negative effect on your overall health and jeopardize your workout goals. Instead, aim for 30 to 45 minutes of exercise per day, and switch up your workout routine each day to target a different area of the body.

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