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Workout Habits You Need to Drop

Helen Bush

Many of us go to the gym to workout, and we may jump on the treadmill or elliptical and just stay there the entire time. We may find our workout routines as just that a routine. We do the same things over and over and become frustrated when we do not see the results that we want. We may be following the wrong workout habits but do not know it. Take a look at some of these bad habits and avoid them to help you lose those excess pounds and have a more efficient fitness routine.


  • Stay away from the elliptical. The elliptical will never give you a toned body. Plus, it is easy to slack off on the elliptical and lose focus. It happens to be one of the most boring machines at the gym. You can have a much more effective and engaging fitness routine by performing a 20-minute cross training circuit (burpees, jumping rope, etc.) than doing 45 minutes on the elliptical.

  • Having long fitness routines at a moderate pace. A lot of people think that a fitness routine has to last a long time to get results. However, if you kick it up a notch, you can workout for a shorter period of time. A more intense workout that lasts for only thirty minutes can give you the results that you want in no time. So, try working out at 100% for 30 minutes instead of at 75% for an hour and compare your results.

  • Losing focus. You have seen these people at the gym. They are on the phone, looking in the mirrors, fixing their hair or just standing around. You do not want to end up like them. You want to go into the gym ready to workout. You should have a set plan and follow it. You need to make the most of what little time you have available to workout.

  • Cardio. Most people believe that they only need to do cardio to lose weight, and that strength training is only for bodybuilders. This is not true. Strength training will not bulk you up, but it will build your muscle mass, which in turn will help you burn more calories. It is a great way to speed up your weight loss and help you shape and tone your body.

  • Using sports drinks. While most sports drinks may give you a boost, they are full of sugar and excess calories. You should try skipping these and hydrating yourself with water. It does not have any unnecessary calories or sugar and will keep you hydrated throughout your workout.

  • Doing the same thing over and over. When you do the same thing over and over, you may begin to find your fitness routine monotonous and boring. It also allows your body to get use to your routine making your routine too easy, which makes it hard to achieve the results that you want. You need to mix it up and add some excitement into your routine in order to get the results that you crave.

  • Working out alone. Some of us are able to stick to our fitness routines alone, but others need a partner to help keep them on the right track. They need to be held accountable by someone other than themselves, or their need for competition will help them perform at a much higher rate. It can also feel good to have someone there to cheer you on and motivate you.

It can be hard to find the time needed to workout in today's world. That is why it is so important to ensure that we are not sabotaging our fitness routines. It is our responsibility to stick with our fitness routine and keep ourselves up to date with all the new fitness knowledge. We need to remain aware of how our little habits can affect our fitness routines and our results.

However, if you are a member of 9Round, you should not worry. At 9Round they give you an intense workout in only thirty minutes. Their fitness routines are changed daily to keep you engaged, and a certified 9Round trainer is with you every step of the way to ensure you perform each move properly and keep you motivated.

Helen Bush
Helen Bush is a self employed fitness writer who works with many health and fitness blogs. At a young age she discovered her passion for fitness and encouraging others. Helen enjoys being active and loves working out. In her middle and high school years she played an active part in her school basketball teams. Now she loves to study and participate in dance to help her stay active and fit. Her main goal is to help motivate others and push them to reach their fitness goals.