Work Out Cheats That Are Blowing Your Calorie Burn

If you work out on a regular basis, then you deserve a pat on the back. You are doing something great for your health. However, there are a few habits or cheats you may have picked up in the gym that are blowing your calorie burn. Keep these cheats out of your workout to truly experience all of the amazing health benefits of exercising.

Don’t Swing

Many times it can be easy to get into the flow of weight lifting where you start to swing your weights or lift with momentum. This is a big no-no if you want to tone up and avoid injuries. Make sure that you are not relying on momentum to contract or stretch the movement. Instead, keep each movement slow and controlled. It will burn more if you go slower, but then you know you are getting the workout you really want.

Don’t Hang on for Dear Life

Have you ever seen those exercisers gripping the railings of the treadmill or stair climber while their feet go as fast as they can? You don’t want to be that person. Doing this makes you miss out on a bigger calorie burn. Also, this will make you tire out faster. Instead, pick a pace that your arms and legs can move together at.

Don’t Shortcut Your Stretching

It is important that you hold your stretches for a long enough time. If you do quick stretches or bounce while you stretch, you are doing little to increase your flexibility and can also increase your chance for injury or muscle pain after your work out. Instead, enjoy your stretching session and go through it slowly. You want to feel each muscle stretch and get warmed up before you hop into your workout.

Don’t Wait on Machines

Crowded gyms are a huge bummer and can have you waiting for the right time to snag your favorite machine. However, don’t waste your time waiting on machines. Instead, look for other exercises you can do that don’t require machines. You can easily get in several squats, push-ups, and crunches while you wait, instead of burning time on your smartphone.

These four exercise cheats are quite common and most people are guilty of them. The only person you are cheating is yourself though by wasting your time, burning less calories, and increasing your chance of injury. Avoid these four gym cheats, and you will make your gym time worth it.

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