Monday, 9 April 2007

Five simple mistakes people make at the gym

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If you're going to take the trouble and time to go to the gym to work out, you want to make the best of your time, right? Many people don't, however, and a few quick cheats can easily add up to a low-intensity workout that wastes your time and leaves that fat you're trying to blast stubbornly in place.

So if you want to make the most of your next cardio workout, check out this article that defines five common mistakes and easy ways to fix them. For instance, you treadmill walkers out there...did you know that walking on a treadmill with no incline burns 10% fewer calories than walking outside on level ground? That's because the treadmill helps to propel you forward. Instead, make sure you increase the incline, and better yet, vary it during your workout. Also, do you hang on to the sides or console of your elliptical or treadmill? That no-no will cost you calories as well. Keep your weight evenly balanced on your feet so that your leg muscles don't get a chance to share the load with the machine.

Checking your form and making sure you're using cardio equipment properly will help you spend your time at the gym doing what you came to do -- building endurance, burning fat, and creating a stronger, healthier, and more fit physique.

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