Avoid Cardio Mistakes For a Better Workout

Avoid cardio mistakes for a better workoutdHave you ever paid attention to the other people on the treadmills, elliptical machines, and spin bikes at the gym? You’ll notice a few bad habits that distract from a good, focused workout and keep you from making the progress you want. Keep an eye out for these and avoid them for the best workout possible.

Zoning Out

Chances are, if you’re jogging slow enough to read a magazine, you’re not getting much out of your workout. If you’re really focused on your arm and leg movements and really pushing yourself, you won’t be able to keep track of words on a page. Don’t get distracted by a magazine or book while you’re running or cycling, and if you’re watching TV, make sure that you don’t get too engrossed in it. Instead, bring your phone or iPod with you and stack it with a really motivational playlist that will keep you focused on breathing and moving.

Holding On

This is especially true for treadmills and elliptical machines. Just because there’s a handrail, that doesn’t mean you should be holding on. For the most part, unless the grips are built into moving parts of the machine designed to help you get a better full-body workout, then you shouldn’t be holding them. They’re there to let you check your heart rate between intervals or to catch yourself should you lose your balance. They’re not there as a crutch to hold onto.

Averting Your Eyes

Most gyms have full mirrors on the walls. This isn’t just to let vane gym junkies check themselves out. It’s actually a service to you while you workout. Check your posture. Are you running with a swayback? Are you favoring one foot over the other? Even if you aren’t a big fan of looking at yourself in the mirror, check these things every now and then. As you correct them and focus on your workouts, you’ll find that you don’t mind what you see in the mirror so much anymore.

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Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

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