5 Workout Habits to Break
Embracing a healthy New Year is all about getting yourself into the right habits. Everyone is trying to eat healthier and work out on a consistent basis. But it’s not only about making the time for your workout, it’s about doing it well. While you’re probably aware of the things you should be doing to maintain a routine, what are the habits that you should have left behind in 2013?
Too Many Distractions – Whether you’re at the gym or at home, your focus should be on your workout. The best athletes get themselves in the zone to maximize the most out of their time. This doesn’t happen if you’re answering texts, wandering around, or chasing after kids in between reps. Make your workout a priority and eliminate distractions to stay focused throughout the duration of it.
All Cardio and No Strength Training – Cardio is an excellent way to burn calories, which is why many people hop on the treadmill and then call it a day. Incorporating strength training into your routine will also burn calories, as well as get your heart rate up and develop lean muscle mass. Why is it so important to build muscle? Those muscles will work more throughout the day to help burn calories even when you are not in the middle of an exercise session. The most complete routine will contain a balance of both cardio and strength training.
No Variation – It’s a great thing when you find a routine that you are able to stick to without fail. However, you don’t want to work yourself into a rut. Doing the same old exercises day after day and week after week without ever changing things up can cause your body to get used to it. If the routine becomes too easy, you’re not working your body as hard as you once were. In addition, you may be neglecting to engage other muscles by not performing a wide enough variety of exercises. It’s important get a total body workout and continual challenge yourself in order to progress.
Longer, Easier Workouts – This is tied into the previous reason of needing to challenge yourself. Walking for an hour at a moderate pace on the treadmill is not as effective as adding intervals of more intense periods. Adding more intensity can even cut down your exercise time, and who couldn’t use a little more time?
Improper Breathing – When focusing hard on performing a difficult move or lifting heavy weights, it’s so common for people to hold their breath. This is something you want to stay away from doing. Practicing regular breathing, especially during the most difficult portions of your workout, is essential for controlling your blood pressure. It also gives you a boost of energy that will come in handy during those tough moments.
Are you guilty of any of these things? Now is the time to kick these habits and make 2014 a more productive year!