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7 Deadly Fitness Sins: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Workout

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SIN #2: Envy

ENVY: You covet your Pilates instructor's legs.

The seemingly perfect bodies of celebs, friends, and instructors can be motivating in the short term, but if the admiration turns into jealousy, it can take your focus away from what will give you the most success -- concentrating on your own body and the workout you are doing. "When you have any kind of negative emotion, you literally divert your energies away from making a positive change," Freytag says.

REDEMPTION: Be realistic.

If you are short and curvy, you will never be as long and lean as your instructor, no matter how many hours of Pilates you perform. Think about your own shape and what's realistic to fine-tune. For a five-foot-tall woman with an average frame, 100 pounds is considered by some calculations to be an ideal weight, give or take as many as 10 pounds, depending on bone density and muscle mass. Add five pounds to this baseline for every inch above that. A little self-affirmation doesn't hurt either. "Set a goal to think of at least three wonderful things about yourself during your workout. After a while, you won't have to force yourself to accentuate the positive; you'll do it automatically," says Freytag.

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