Are you spending hours every week working out but not seeing the results you want? If this is the case, it might be that you’ve picked up some bad habits when exercising.

Don’t worry, we all develop bad habits at some point or another. The key is realising that we’re doing them.

To help, we’ve put together a short list of the more common habits people pick up:

1. Working out on an empty stomach – there are conflicting studies as to whether working out on an empty stomach will burn more fat.  For you though, the problem might be that you get in from work and head straight out for a workout before you eat anything.  However, your body needs glucose for fuel; without it your body may resort to eating its own muscle tissue to gather the necessary glycogen. To avoid this, eat something 45 minutes-1 hour before you start a workout.
2. Failing to understand your own limits – we’re all human, and we all have our limits. It’s important that you understand yours, otherwise you risk injuring yourself and this could delay your fitness goals by weeks! Make sure you’re performing the exercises correctly too.
3. Getting stuck in a rut – once you have a routine going you’ll be tempted to stick with same exercises. This is not beneficial - you should always be looking for new exercises to mix up your routine. The reason for this is that the more you peform one specific workout, the easier your body will find it.  Switch the workout periodically to keep things a little more exciting and beneficial.
4. Don’t always go it alone – if you’re just starting out then you probably want to work out alone for a while to get to know your own limits and feel comfortable. That’s fine, but keeping it this way can soon lead to boredom. Invite a friend a long once a week to workout with you. They can help motivate you and vice versa.
5. Overdoing cardio – spending all your time on cardio work will help you burn calories, but strength training can be equally if not more beneficial. It’ll help raise your heart rate, burn more calories and, as a consequence of you developing greater muscle mass, enable your body to burn calories even when you're not working out.

It’s easy to fall into bad habits when we’re working out. The solution is to make sure we kick them before they become too ingrained.