+ Warming up on a stationery bike
Yes, warming your body up is definitely a great idea, but spending 25 minutes on the bike will end up wasting your time more than anything. Instead, warm up in less time by doing 30 jumping jacks, 30 squats, 15 mountain climbers and 10 burpees. The key is to break a sweat and to get your heart rate to 120 or more, but this doesn't have to take a half hour!
+ Hip Abductor machine
I use this weighted machine religiously, and it recently occurred to me that it literally does nothing to my legs. Instead, try squats, lunges and side lunges if you want to work your inner and outer thighs. By working these muscles while standing instead of sitting, you get in some cardio while also gaining more strength in your upper legs and thighs.
+ Weighted side bends
These sort of weight exercises are so popular (at my gym at least), but they actually make you more buff rather than more toned. Instead, try side planks, bicycles or Russian twists (my personal favorite!) to work deeper in your obliques and abs in general.
By changing a few routines in your workout, you could definitely be getting more out of each trip to the gym!
P.S. I added a tab on the top of the page for all health related posts - they're tagged "Wellness Wednesday" so they're much easier to find now! See them all right here :)