7 Workout Habits You Should Consider Dropping

4. Too Much Cardio

Too little strength training. But cardio burns more calories, right? Not so fast.

Sure, an hour on the treadmill gives you that instant satisfaction of burning 400 calories. Or so that little blinking screen says.

A quick strength training or cross training session, however, will get your heart rate up, burn calories, and develop your lean muscle mass. Building muscle means that those muscles are able to work throughout the day burning more calories when you aren't working out.

5. Hydrating with Sports Drinks

Sports drinks may give you a boost, but they're full of sugar and calories. During any given daily workout, hydrating with plain ol' water should do the trick just fine.

If you feel tired during your workout, try fueling before. Eating a healthy snack 45 minutes before your workout can give you more energy, and allow you to skip the Gatorade. Try some almond butter on toast.

6. Doing the Same Exercises Over and Over Again

When you do the same workout routine over and over, your body gets used to it and it becomes easier. The Stairmaster might have been challenging at one point, but pretty soon your muscles become familiar with that motion. Your body only uses half the energy to complete this task that at one point had you huffing and puffing your way to the locker room.

Mix it up. By changing your workouts daily you will trick your body into working harder and burning more calories. It will also save you from boredom.

7. Always Working Out Alone

Working out alone can be great. It gives you time to clear your mind, listen to music, and feel the burn. However, sometimes it takes a workout buddy to hold you accountable. Working out with a partner not only makes it more likely that you'll work out, it makes most people try harder than they would on their own.

Your partner can cheer you on to finish that last half mile or to finish those last four deadlifts. And let's not forget the power of good old-fashioned competition. If your friend is doing 50 lunges, don't you suddenly feel inspired to do 51?

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