It’s February and your New Year’s resolution is still going strong, you’re eating healthier and working out more but you may be making some common fitness mistakes. We’ve all made these mistakes at one point or another, so don’t worry!

Correcting these mistakes and learning the right ways to take care of yourself is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are 6 common fitness mistakes you might be making:

Spending too much time at the gym

You wouldn’t stop to think that spending too much time at the gym may be a problem, but it’s not about how long you spend on a workout its about your determination and hard work during the workout. Instead of spending two plus hours working out, switch up your routine to 30 minutes of a high-intensity workout. A high-intensity workout can help you burn more calories in a shorter time.

Wearing the wrong shoe

Sneakers aren’t just sneakers, especially not when it comes to fitness. Different sneakers are designed for different reasons and specific areas of athletics, from basketball sneakers to cross-trainers and running sneakers. Not wearing the right one can result in injury.

Walking in the gym without a plan

Always plan for success. Walking into the gym without a plan will leave you with no structure and will take up too much time just figuring out what you want to do. Planning is the only way to make progress. Once you have a plan you can also set your goals.

Magazines and books

When some people workout they see it as having some down time and try to sneak in some reading while on the treadmill. However, that may not be the best idea. Thumbing through that book or magazine will take your focus off of you pushing through the workout, so put down that book and turn up the intensity.

 The perfect routine

The perfect routine is only perfect for a short amount of time. Once your body adapts to a workout routine it becomes less effective and doesn’t produce as many results. Your routine doesn’t need to be changed completely but you should always try adding in something extra and more intense to keep the workouts working.

Inconsistency

Living a healthy lifestyle is key. Diets and fads don’t produce the same results that changing your lifestyle can. Creating a habit of working out and eating properly consistently can change your life.

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