At W.O.D. Welder, we understand that staying active isn’t as easy as it sounds. Depending on where you are in life, what you’re enjoying right now, and what your body needs, your routine may look completely different. That’s okay. The key is maximizing whatever you’re doing now, which means avoiding common pitfalls and traps. We want to use today’s blog to discuss some areas where you might be able to make your active lifestyle a bit more rewarding.\n\nAre You Making These Workout Mistakes?\nIf you’re putting aside time to work out, you should get the maximum benefit for your minutes. Your habits can help or hinder you. Here are places where people tend to get stuck. Do any of them sound familiar?\nImbalanced cardio vs. strength training.\nDepending on your workout habits, you may be doing a bunch of cardio and not enough strength training to get the results you want. Now, if you’re delighted with the results you’re getting from burning all those calories during cardio, that’s awesome. But strength training gets your body to burn calories even while you aren’t working out. It develops lean muscle mass that can make your cardio workouts smoother.\nGetting stuck on the elliptical.\nYou can get a fantastic workout on an elliptical, but if your fitness world shrinks to this one machine, you’re missing out on a lot. You’ll get more results from exercises that involve natural body movement like jumping, bending, or running. The elliptical burns calories without giving you any other benefits. If you’re stuck on the elliptical due to bad knees and you need low-impact exercises, try out the rowing machine. It will burn those calories while working your back and upper body.\nFalling into an exercise rut.\nWhen was the last time you tried a new exercise? Many of us fall into routines, and while routines can be powerful, they can also become traps. Your body gets used to the exercises you repeat and therefore burns less and less energy to complete them. Change up your workouts and trick your body into working hard again. You’ll also save yourself from boredom.\nSpending long periods of time exercising at a moderate pace.\nDo you work out for a long time but you still don’t see the results you want? It’s because you aren’t using your time wisely. You can get massive results from just 30 minutes of exercise — you just have to up the intensity.\nDepending on sports drinks for hydration.\nGatorade may give you a boost, but, like many other sports drinks, it’s mainly sugar. If you feel like you don’t have enough energy during your workouts, fuel up with a healthy snack 45 minutes before your workout begins. Depend on only water for your hydration needs.\n\nShop Our World-Class Hand Repair Care\nAt the end of the day, you can fine-tune your routines like crazy, but if you’ve got dry, cracked hands or gear that’s full of bacteria, you’re going to have trouble achieving the results you want. It’s important to understand that staying healthy is more than working out and eating well. You’ve got to take care of your skin, too. Remember that every time you work out, your skin has a chance to get stronger or weaker, just like your muscles do.\nW.O.D. Welder is proud to offer products that not only empower people to manage their calluses but to keep all of their skin healthy and clean as well. Even better, we have an all-natural Odor Crusher spray that you can wield against all the smelly gear you have hanging around. Also check out our hand repair cream, bar soap, and callus management system today!