Staying active is important, which is why so many of us prioritize our
days to incorporate some much-needed gym time in the mix. However, just
because you’re stepping foot in the door at your local fitness center,
doesn't mean you're off the hook. In fact if you’re making
any of these time-wasting
workout mistakes, you may actually be doing it all wrong.
You’re treating it like a social event.
Sure, hitting the gym or attending a fitness class is always more fun
with friends. Just make sure you and your buddies are on the same page
when it comes to working out. It can be easy to get distracted and start
gossiping instead of counting reps! On that same note, make sure you choose
your gym pals wisely. You want to choose people that are committed to
fitness and are going to motivate you to stay focused and break through
those personal records.
You’re failing to plan accordingly.
Don’t go to the gym for the sake of going. If you go without a set
objective, you’re likely wasting your time. Instead, take some time
to decide which body parts you’re looking to zone in on and make
a mental note (or an actual one!) of the machines and exercises you’d
like to hit. If you’re really up for a challenge, try planning out
your workout routines on a weekly basis. This will also help you stay
committed and make it to the gym, even on days you’d rather bail out.
You’re taking it way too easy.
There’s definitely a benefit to “slow and steady,” but
not if that’s your only speed. Working out is about pushing yourself,
defining and exceeding your limits and most of all, breaking a sweat.
Casually cycling while perusing the latest issue of your favorite magazine
isn’t worth your while.
You’re enjoying way too many breaks.
We get it. Working out is hard. But if you don’t keep your heart
rate up it’s all for nothing. Taking frequent water and locker room
breaks are actually counter productive. Instead, hydrate heavily beforehand
and push yourself through the pain!
You’re not really sure what you’re doing.
This is probably the most common time-waster of them all when it comes
to the gym. Many people fail to ask for assistance on new machines, thinking
they’ll just figure them out on their own. First, figuring out how
to use them takes up more time than just asking, and second, chances are
you’ll still be using them incorrectly. Many gyms offer an introductory
class so you can get started on the right foot. Inquire with yours today!
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