Make Your Workout Work for You

Six tips to help keep you from sabotaging your fitness regimen
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2007 10:02 AM CDT
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(Newser) – All that work, and still no six-pack? Newsweek tips you off to six ways you may be hurting your results—and your body.

  1. Reading while exercising: You need focus for results.
  2. Excessive sweating: Losing water weight is not the same as losing fat.
  3. Skipping resistance training: Lift for long-term results.

  1. Fear of excessive muscles: Unless you're popping growth hormones, ladies, you're not going to bulk up.
  2. Exercising on an empty stomach: You need fuel to work out, especially early in the day.
  3. Pretending you know it all: Ask a trainer or an instructor for help.