The gym is a great place to get fit, but it’s also a place that can have its distractions and keep you from reaching your goals. Here are some common things that waste time at the gym:
The gym is a great place to meet people and make friends, so socializing in and of itself isn’t a bad thing–unless it’s preventing you from your primary goal of getting in shape.
Same Old, Same Old
A lot of gym-goers find themselves on autopilot, especially after a long day of work. Although exercise in general is a good thing, doing the same routine for months on end limits your overall fitness potential, as well as making you prone to overuse injury.
By taking shortcuts with your form, you’re reducing the overall effect of the workout. Not to mention, bad form puts you at risk for injuries.
Resting Too Long
While resting for a few minutes in between sets of weightlifting exercises helps your body recover and gear up for the next challenge, it can be too much of a good thing. You’ll waste time and potentially cramp up, then you’ll have to cut the workout short altogether.
Shunning the Weights
This is for all the women out there who think lifting weights will make you pack on the muscle: weightlifting will NOT make you look like a man. Most women don’t have the biology to build bulky muscles. In fact, lifting weights between 10 and 20 repetitions will increase your strength and put enough muscle on you to not only make you look toned and sexy, but also help you burn calories when you’re doing cardio. Strong muscles also help prevent joint injuries.