Your time is valuable and when you make time to get in a workout, it’s important to make sure that you get the most of that time.
It’s not uncommon to see people at the gym casually walking on a treadmill at the same pace you’d walk a grocery store aisle. Slowly pedaling an exercise bike while reading the latest New York Times best seller. Casually walking around to different exercise stations and trying a few reps before wandering around to find something else of interest.
My point is that if you truly want to realize the benefits of exercise, you have to work at it. It’s not easy and getting to your workout is only half the battle. It’s not just enough to show up. That’s why it’s called a WORKout. It’s important to get your heart rate up, work up a sweat and push your cardio so you feel you’re physically challenging your body.
Now, what this means is different for different people at various levels of fitness. That said, the important point is that you should be pushing yourself – whatever that means to you. Some tips to help you do this include:
- Go in with a plan. Know what you’ll be doing when you show up.
- Keep a workout log. Track your time, weight, reps and sets and try to beat it in your next workout.
- Listen to music on an iPod/iPhone to keep you focused and reduce chances people will interrupt you.
- Stay away from magazines and books. If you can read small print, you’re probably not moving your body enough to push yourself.
- Workout with a committed partner. If you can’t push yourself, let someone else push you and encourage them to do so.