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6 Workout Habits You Should Consider Dropping Now

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  • Exercise must be wisely “prescribed” in intensity and duration in order to reap the most benefits
  • Common fitness habits that may sabotage your results include exercising at a moderate pace for long periods, avoiding strength training, and hydrating with sports drinks
  • Exercising alone, going in without a plan, or performing the same routine over and over will also hold you back from reaching your fitness goals
  • A well-rounded fitness program should aim to incorporate high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and also plenty of non-exercise activity throughout your day

By Dr. Mercola

Exercise is so important for good health that researchers have recently declared it the "best preventive drug known."1 Exercise affects your entire body—from head to toe—in beneficial ways. This includes changes in your muscles, lungs, heart, joints, bones, and brain.


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