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7 Deadly Fitness Sins: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Workout

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SIN #7: Sloth

SLOTH: You never miss a kickboxing class or an elliptical workout...

...but you're either in deep conversation with a friend or reading so intently that you barely break a sweat. Yes, some exercise is clearly better than none, but if you can chat freely or be thoroughly engrossed in the newspaper, it means you're not working out hard enough to get the maximum benefits or your time and money's worth, says Freytag.

REDEMPTION: Set your priorities.

If talking with your friend or catching up on your reading makes exercising more enjoyable, by all means continue -- but limit these activities to your cooldown when you aren't supposed to be pushing yourself, or grab a cup of coffee after your workout and really move it the rest of the time. "The bottom line is, if you're not getting results, you're going to give up," says Freytag. And that could be the biggest sin of all.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2006.

 

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