5 Weight-Lifting Mistakes to Avoid [Visual]

The gym is like an unsupervised adult playground. It’s easy to walk in and toss a few weights around. But if you don’t follow the right routine or skip necessary steps, you may buy yourself a one-way ticket to injury town.

Before you strap on your kicks for your next gym session, check out the five most common weight-lifting mistakes below. Also, learn the best ways to avoid them so you can build a healthier, more resilient body for years to come.

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Ways to get a Free Workout [Visual]

Are you one of those people that wish they had more time during the day to accomplish everything you wanted? Finding extra time to complete everything throughout the day can be a struggle, especially if you would like to workout as well. Some people manage to fit in a daily workout but not everyone has that luxury. Not only is finding the time to work out a hassle, but also the expenses can prove to be a hurdle too. Believe it or not, every year people spend nearly $700 just to stay fit, but there are some people that simply can’t afford to spare that much money ultimately forcing them to look for alternative ways to stay fit.

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Post-Workout Recovery for Muscle Growth [Visual]

It’s true that lifting weights – especially heavy weights – helps you grow muscles, but there are other things you can do as part of your post-workout recovery to increase your muscle growth.

Growing muscles isn’t just about how hard you work in the gym, but what you do for recovery in the hours, days, and months post-workout. Next time you hit the gym hard, think about how you can get the most out of your workout by taking care of your body afterwards.

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The true Cost of a Healthy Lifestyle [Infographic]

It’s a common misconception that living a healthy lifestyle has to be expensive. That simply is not true! Unhealthy eating is more expensive than you think. And getting a balanced diet of protein, fat, carbs, and vitamins is possible with simple, everyday ingredients. In this graphic, Personal Income reveals the True cost of a healthy lifestyle (hint: it’s cheaper than you think!)

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The Best regimen for College Fitness [Infographic]

Starting out at college is a time of excitement, anticipation, and oftentimes, extreme nervousness. There are a whole host of prospects that can leave any freshman filled with anxiety, from making friends to maintaining good grades to knowing which classes to take. One of the biggest sources of anxiety for students, however, is unrelated to academics: A large percentage of students greatly fear the famous and dreaded freshman 15. The truth is, this isn’t an irrational fear: Most college students will gain between 15 and 25 pounds by the end of their sophomore year. One of the main causes of the freshman 15? Lack of exercise: Not only do the majority of college students not get the recommended amount of exercise, one in three just don’t exercise at all. To be fair, finding time for exercise in the midst of busy college life can be challenging, but there are some great ways that that particular hurdle can be side-stepped. Today’s infographic takes a look at the best ways for college students to stay fit even in the middle of a dorm room. From cardio to strength training to flexibility, there’s a myriad of ways in which even the biggest of couch potatoes can beat the freshman 15.

Originally Published on TheBestColleges.org