How to Consistently Have an Efficient Workout

You go to the gym four times a week. You regularly get your cardio in. You sufficiently work your arms, legs and abs. You eat right and sleep well. So, what is the problem? Well, it could be many things. Many avid fitness nuts don’t realize all the little ways they may be sabotaging all the hard work they put in at the gym by making these serious mistakes. Below are some of these workout missteps along with tips on how to get yourself back on track.

Eating Too Much Before You Exercise

Being able to scarf down a protein bar while on the way to the gym is a modern convenience that most of us partake in on a regular basis. Many people just take for granted that what they are eating are healthy snacks, I mean, they wouldn’t label it as a protein packed food unless it was good for you, right? Wrong. Many of these foods are chalked full of sugar and preservatives, which are not only bad for you, but they will cause you to crash during your workout session. Instead, chug a whey protein shake. Your body is able to digest it quickly and it will keep you energized throughout your workout.

You Are A Creature of Habit

If you want to get the best results from your workout routine then you have to switch it up at least every six weeks. I know, this sucks if you like what you like and you don’t want to change, but it really is the only way to get the most from your exercise program. When your body starts recognizing the pattern of activity that you are putting it through, then it learns to adapt and converse calories. Small changes are enough to amp up your calorie burning. Just amping up your level on the Elliptical or doing different sets and reps with your weights is enough to keep things from hitting a wall.

Resting Too Much

It can be easy to lose track of time when you are resting in between your sets, especially since now most of us have our phones to distract us from all the pain we are experiencing during our workouts. It may seem like no big deal to wander around for a while after you do rep, but you actually shouldn’t rest longer than the amount of time you just worked out for, and if you want to be an extra good student, you really shouldn’t rest longer than half the time it took you to complete the set. This will ensure you maximize your calorie burn.

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