5 time-wasting mistakes you’re making at the gym
On any given day, there are about a hundred different things that could derail you from lacing up your sneakers and getting to the gym. So when you do actually make it there, you obviously want to make sure you’re getting in the most effective sweat session possible, right? You’ll want to be sure to steer clear of Fitsugar.com’s top time-wasting mistakes you could be making at the gym:
Socializing too much: Having a workout-buddy who relies on you to show up is a great way to get you to the gym. But if she’s more into catching up on this weekend’s gossip than focusing on getting a good sweat, she could be hampering your workout. Leta Shy of Fitsugar recommends making sure you and your buddy are on the same workout wavelength. “That means she should be just as dedicated to an effective workout as you so you can both get in and get out without wasting your time.”
Going slow and steady: If you can successfully read about the latest Amanda Bynes gossip while on the treadmill, chances are you’re wasting your time. Now, we’re not saying every workout has to be sweat-soaked, but if you want to see results, you need to shock your body. Next time you jump on the treadmill, try incorporating jog intervals into your regular walk routine. Or if jogging isn’t your thing, try speed intervals to turn it up a notch.
Taking too many breaks: Keeping your heart rate up is key to your workout success, so if you’re someone who shuffles through your entire iPod to find the perfect song between every set, your exercises are likely losing some effectiveness. Not to mention, if you limit your breaks, your overall workout time will decrease while simultaneously increasing your cardio and calorie-burning benefits — talk about a win-win!
Only using the machines: According to Shy, “Using the machines at the gym means you become less engaged with your workout and are also only spot-training muscle groups—both of which are prime gym time wasters.” Instead, try using free weights; many free weight exercises require the use of multiple muscle groups, so you'll work more muscles and burn more calories in less time.
Not knowing what you’re doing: If you’re new to the gym and much of its equipment, jumping on a machine without proper knowledge can lead you to perform moves improperly for an ineffective workout. Shy suggests taking advantage of the free personal training session that many gyms provide new members to learn proper exercise technique and etiquette. Signing up for introductory or beginner level classes that are offered at your gym is also a great way to learn effective new routines.
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