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3 Ways You Cheat on Your Workout and Don’t Know It

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Weight Lifting ClassFor those who are serious about their workouts the thought of cheating on those fitness routines is akin to sacrilege. After all, why would we put in the sweat and hard work just to sabotage our efforts? Unfortunately, many of us are cheating on our workouts without even realizing it, and it’s time to end those subconscious deceptions once and for all.

If you’re serious about your workouts, and want to make sure that you get the most that you can out of each one, read on to learn just how you can avoid cheating, even if you’re absolutely and completely unaware that you’re doing it.

Hurry Up and Wait

Of course we all have our favorite machines at the gym. Maybe yours is the treadmill or the elliptical, and most gyms try hard to provide enough of the most popular machines for their clients. However, if you find that your favorite machine is occupied, what do you do? If you stand by and wait for the other person to finish then you’re doing it wrong.

The basic idea of any workout is maintain a consistent level of intensity and if you stop to wait then you’ve lost not only time but calorie-burning power. Have a backup plan for each workout so you can easily move on to a different machine or exercise if your first choice is unavailable.

What’s on Television?

Many gyms have upgraded their equipment to include personal televisions on treadmills and elliptical machines, and this is a great way to keep people engaged and entertained while they’re working out. Unfortunately, your favorite talk show or reality show can also be sabotaging your workout.

In some cases, watching television while working out can cause you to slow down. Maybe you want to hear the latest celeb rant more closely, or catch every frame of that scandalous video. Whatever the reason the fact of the matter is that if you’re paying close attention to the television you’re not paying close attention to your workout. Try turning off the TV which will help you focus more on your workout intensity.

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Not Going the Distance

We’re all guilty of this one, but it’s also the cheat that does the most harm to our best laid workout plans. If you start late, stop early, or just simply give up when things get a little tough, then you may have just unwittingly destroyed your workout for the day.

If you attend an exercise class, show up early so you have time to stretch and gather any necessary equipment. Consequently, budget your time accordingly so that you can devote your full attention to the class and see it through until the end. If you’ve dedicated a set amount of time for walking or running, or using various machines at the gym then don’t stop until that time is over. If you can tack on an extra ten minutes at the beginning or the end, the end results will be that much better. The moral of this story is simple: you won’t get the maximum benefits of a workout if you don’t devote the maximum time to it.

We all want to be our most fit and most healthy selves, so it’s always going to be beneficial to make the most of our workouts. Be certain that you’re giving each workout your very best effort, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your fitness goals.

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