8 Well-Meaning Workout Strategies that Backfire

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You Work Out at the Crack of Dawn
Strategy: Setting your alarm for 5:00 a.m. to fit in a gym session before work.

How it can backfire: A morning workout can be a good idea if it's ... more 
Photo by: Thinkstock
You Work Out at the Crack of Dawn
Strategy: Setting your alarm for 5:00 a.m. to fit in a gym session before work.

How it can backfire: A morning workout can be a good idea if it's your only option, but if you're skimping on sleep in order to sweat, you may be stalling your progress. Not getting enough sleep can stall weight loss and lead to everything from fatigue to type 2 diabetes in the long run. Not to mention, you may not have the same amount of energy in the wee hours of the morning.

Solution: If your jam-packed day just won't allow you to hit the hay earlier, you may need to let go of the 'all or nothing' mentality when it comes to your workouts. If you like starting your day off with some exercise, wake up just 15 minutes earlier and do a short 10-minute workout in the morning, and then fit in two more 10-minute bouts of exercise at other intervals in your day. Studies show this strategy can be even more effective than one continuous sweat session, and you'll be more likely to get a full night's sleep, which is vital to your health and losing weight. less 
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Mon, Dec 17, 2012 10:44 AM EST
by Jessica Smith