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7 Deadly Fitness Sins: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Workout

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SIN #5: Anger

ANGER: You get steamed anytime your friends outperform you.

A little healthy competition can inspire many people to try harder than they ordinarily would and achieve new goals. But if you find yourself getting irritated when your pals are better than you, or if you find yourself pushing yourself to the point of total exhaustion or injury just to win or even keep up, this competition is no longer healthy.

REDEMPTION: Make your workouts all about you and your own results.

"Focus on your own progress rather than how you compare to others," says Kara Gallagher, PhD, an assistant professor of exercise physiology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Set realistic short- and long-term goals for yourself, such as completing a 10k race or performing three unassisted pull-ups, and keep a journal of your progress. "Measure yourself against these goals, and as you achieve them, reward yourself with things like a new workout top or pair of shoes," she says.

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