The first and foremost sign of any mistake or bad habits in a workout routine is not getting the desired results. Luckily for you, most of these mistakes aren’t too big and won’t require you to switch up your entire routine.
Below are the worst 5 habits every newbie tends to develop over time but should avoid for an effective and efficient workout. Eliminating these habits will help you lose weight faster, tone your muscles better etc.
Not raising the ante
So you walk into the gym see the treadmill and decide to spend the next 1-2 hours of the workout on it at same speed and intensity. Sounds right? Well whether it’s the treadmill or the weight room if you’re not raising the ante regularly you’ll plateau real quick.
The effectiveness of any gym machine or equipment lies in the challenge so make sure you constantly challenge yourself and step up your game every 2-3 weeks.
Focusing more on cardio
Let’s say you do take it up a notch the next big mistake people tend to make is not varying the exercises. Too much cardio or too much strength training isn’t going to get you the desired results. The best workout routines ensure the best of both the worlds. Just a few minutes on a good Concept 2 rowing machine should do the trick.
A combination of both will torch more calories, take your heartbeat up a notch and tone your body better as each workout focuses on separate muscle groups and body aspects.
It’s nice to check out the progress you have made on the rare occasions but I am sure we all know that one person who simply cannot help but stare constantly into the mirror isn’t it?. Come to the gym with time constraints and a strategy.
Leave the texting, Instagram posts etc. to the post-workout free time. Make the most of your time at the gym. Stay motivated and keep breaks to a minimum.
Always doing it alone
Being a lone wolf at the gym is great. You’re able to focus better and workout with a clear mind but believe it or not having a workout buddy has its own perks too. Irrespective of how strong you are you’ll always need a spot.
Apart from that it creates a healthy competition and thus you remain motivated and put in the extra effort plus you’ll never have a dull moment.
While you need to keep your water breaks to a minimum when you do finally take one make sure you fuel up right. Most of us rely on sports drinks for it but trust me you’re making a bad choice. Water is the best source of hydration and the best alternative are supplements.
In case you feel exhausted midway through your workout, get your pre-workout fueling right and always carry snack such a banana etc. in your gym bag.