We all want to have a physically fit body. In order to build and attain this,physical activity and exercise is required.  Exercise can be used for many things, including improving health, building muscle or even de-stressing. No matter what the reason, it is important to be mindful that for each exercise to show results, they need to be 100% effective. Are you doing them correctly?


Below are some of the ways that you are secretly ruining your exercise.


1.       Bringing Technology to the Gym

Sending text messages or checking your newsfeed from Facebook might be causing you to lose during focus your workout. For us to achieve our workout goals, we need to concentrate on what we are doing. However if you keep checking your phone you will lose track and become disturbed throughout your exercise, resulting in poor effort.


2.       Lacking workout Creativity

Doing the same exercises every day is another way to lose the benefits of a workout. Without changing your routine your body will lose the sense of urgencyand will no longer find the work challenging, resulting in slowed progress. Avoid this by switching to different classes,or gradually increase your goals.


3.       Poor Music Choices for your Workout

Yes, you heard me right.  Slower, sadder songs will put a damper on what could be a great workout. Choose genres that get your body moving such as hip hop or dance music;upbeat, fun music will have a positive impact on your workout.


The best thing to do is to create a playlist made specifically for your workout so you can complete your exercise without any distractions.


4.       Disrespecting Recovery

Recovery does not mean eating junk food after your workout. Recovery means taking care of the parts of your body you have worked on. Stretching, foam rolling and taking a break on the muscles you’ve worked are all important aspects of recovery.


It is important to respect this process after a hard workout, as it can help our body repair itself and prevent injuries.

5.       Long Resting Periods

It is helpful to use a timer during your workout, as this will help you to keep track of your resting time between exercises. You should only rest for a short period to focus on your breathing and mentally prepare for the next workout you will be doing. If you are resting for too long, you may be losing the benefits of a shorter, more intense workout.


6.       Not Hydrating Adequately

Drinking enough water before and after you exercise will give you a more efficient workout. The more you hydrate the more energy you will have to finish your exercise. This is applicable at any time of the day, as it is suggested that adults drink eight 8-ounce cups of water per day even without daily exercise. Those who exercise should have an even higher intake.


Before you complete your next workout, be sure to consider the suggestions above to get more out of your daily exercise.