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Six Scary Fitness Habits That Are Hurting Your Workout

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6 Scary Fitness Habits That Are Hurting Your Workout

1. EXCESS CARDIO

Too much of anything is never a good thing. Cardio can be a really effective way to burn calories and improve the health of your heart. Yet at the same time, too much of it leads to dwindling your strength. My suggestion is that your cardio routine consists of HITT (high-intensity interval training) for a strenuous period of 15 minutes. If you insist on turning it up a notch, combine it with a balanced macronutrient diet.

2. INSUFFICIENT SLEEP

Inadequate sleep can do more harm than imaginable. Sleep equals muscle recovery. Muscle recovery equals achieving stronger, more toned muscles at a quicker pace. If your muscles aren't rested working those muscles out is almost as good as not working them out at all. 6-8 hours of sleep is an adamant habit you need to incorporate in order to achieve better results

3. IMPROPER DIET

Starving yourself and counting calories to lose weight is one of the major misconceptions that exist. Food is fuel; fuel is a vital ingredient for the path you are taking. Working out on an empty stomach is not what I recommend. Try your best to have some carbs 1-2 hours before your workout so you have enough fuel to get you through your session. If you do work out on an empty stomach, you run the risk of losing muscle instead of strengthening and developing toned muscle.

4. PROTEIN DEFICIENCY

Protein is essential for two extremely important elements: Muscle repair and Metabolism. Protein boosts muscle recovery, which is important to build muscle further. Try incorporating protein in every meal you have throughout the day. Loading up on protein when you can is essential and beneficial to your training regimen.

5. INCORRECT FORM

Improper form is single-handedly the most common mistake that can have some harsh repercussions. Having the wrong form can cause countless muscle and joint injuries. Hiring a personal trainer will ensure you are doing the right amount of reps at the correct weight with the correct form. This will help you work out the muscle that needs to be worked out, in the correct manner and at the end of the day, see results instead of hindering your workout results.

6. YOUR WORKOUTS ARE TOO LONG

Have you ever heard that less is more? Well, sometimes when it comes to your workouts this is true. Excessive amounts of time in the gym isn’t always great for your body. Excessive long workouts can be dangerous especially if you are not taking enough rest.

 

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