Say Goodbye to These 7 Bad Fitness Habits
Are you not seeing any results or getting injured often when you exercise? You may have hit a plateau and just can’t seem to lose those last 5 lbs. Whether you’ve been working out for years or are just getting started, make sure you have not adopted some bad fitness habits that are doing more harm than good. Do you have bad fitness habits? They may be holding you back from your fitness goals.
Let’s take a look at these 7 common bad fitness habits and what you can do to break them.
BAD HABIT: You never warm-up
This is probably the most common bad habit in the gym—people try to save time and don’t warm up. A warm-up routine is essential to prepare your body for a workout. Studies show that warming up reduces the risk of injury and will improve performance. You only need about 5-10 minutes to start mobilizing your joints and get your heart rate up.
BAD HABIT: Working out alone
Although it can be great to clear your mind and zone out listening to some motivational music, working out alone is not always the best thing for you. Having a workout buddy can help to keep you accountable and challenged during your exercise. Working out with a partner can push you to try harder than you would on your own and can even help spur on some healthy competition.
BAD HABIT: You don’t stretch before and after your workout
Don’t skip your stretches! If you skip out on stretching your workout is sure to suffer. Incorporating dynamic stretching before your workout will prevent muscle cramps and injuries by loosening up your ligaments and muscles. Make sure you also take time to do static stretching after your workout to loosen up those muscles and promote healing. Proper stretching will help rebuild your muscles so that they grow stronger.
BAD HABIT: You don’t break out of your comfort zone
Don’t be afraid to push yourself! If you aren’t challenging yourself, you are staying within your comfort zone. Without variety and a challenge, your body will adapt quickly and plateau. If an exercise becomes too easy, increase the intensity or try another challenging exercise. It is easy to get into a workout rut—break out of your routine and try something new.
BAD HABIT: Working out on an empty stomach
You should give your body fuel before pushing it to burn fat. If you don’t have any blood sugar available, your body can actually eat its own muscle tissue. Low blood sugar will also make you tired and sluggish during your workout. Studies show that if you work out on an empty stomach, your performance will suffer. Try to eat at least 45 minutes to an hour before you exercise. Low-fat yogurt, berries or a banana or apple with some almond butter are quick, healthy snacks that will give you the energy and endurance you need to burn calories and improve muscle tone.
BAD HABIT: You don’t drink enough water
Make sure that you hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, during and after your workout. As we sweat, our bodies discard toxins and will cool itself down by sweating. By not replenishing our body’s water—we are made of over 50% water—dehydration will take over and can lead to fatigue, mood swings and cramps.
BAD HABIT: You don’t get enough sleep
The most inactive thing is one of the best things for you: sleep is the key to success. If your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it won’t be able to burn enough calories and can actually hold onto fat. You will not be able to build muscles if you don’t give your muscles time to heal and rest.
If you’re guilty of any of these bad fitness habits it’s not too late to change. Drop those pesky habits and start seeing some results and meet your goals!