New year, new me. You are finally committed to working on the best physical you by going to the gym several days a week. Except in an hour, you will start to get tired of it all. Before you run to the exit, pick up your phone.
If you are not careful, your phone can be a source of distraction. But if you use it well, it can happen that you get sucked in and take your training to the next level. So here are a few ways that have helped and hopefully help me fulfill your commitment to being the best possible physical.
Tip # 1
: Use the built-in digital health tools
Let's first tackle the problem that your phone distracts you in the gym. Recently Apple and Google introduced a large number of tools that we can use to protect ourselves against our phones. These tools remove common distractions and help you improve your inactive phone usage.
If you enable "Focus Mode" on Android or "Downtime" on iOS, you will no longer have access to a handful of apps. Use this feature to prevent you from being sucked into your phone and watching videos or browsing social media during your rest periods.
If you receive many calls and messages during your training, switch on Do not disturb. On iOS you can set it to turn on automatically in your gym. On Android you can create a calendar appointment for your workouts and set the phone to turn off automatically when calendar appointments are active. For more tips like this, don't miss our full Digital Wellbeing walkthrough below.
I notice that I lose focus too late in a training during my last few rest periods. The time between each set is starting to get longer and longer, but simply using the Clock app can help with this problem.
Create a timer for every rest period. Set up the next set during that time, drink some water and get ready to go back to work. Once the time has passed, force yourself to stand up and perform the next set. The simple beep-beep-beep alone is hell of a motivator.
One tip that has helped enormously is to plan my training in advance. I had never followed a program before, so I'd just go to the gym with a body part in mind and go over it. This often led to periods of prolonged rest and distraction later in the training while I was looking for what to do.
To combat this, I learned to write down what I intended to do for the day. Even better, I started recording my training sessions. When it comes to muscle hypertrophy (or muscle building), one of the most important factors is progressive overload. With work and other activities outside the gym, however, it is easy to forget what you did the previous week. Recording your training solves this.
With the app RepCount you can save your training and come to the gym with a plan. You can then easily record what you have done for each toolbox. With the program written, you know exactly what needs to be done, and with each rest period that records your progress, you can limit other diversions that you would otherwise deal with during this time.
Whatever your fitness goals are, there is a good chance that you will get some form of cardio. Cardiovascular activities keep your heart healthy and help minimize fat gain. But cardio sucks quite a bit.
Because we have to do it, there are things you can do to make it more bearable. Although music is a great choice, there are other forms of entertainment that are more immersive, so that you can forget about the terrible task of cardio. We actually wrote an entire article with different ways to turn cardio into something you look forward to – view it via the "Don & # 39; t Miss" link below!
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