Don’t hog the machine!

Hello there! I am not making this into a rant or anything but this has happened to me so often at my new gym, and with my being on a “lunch” when this is happening I am limited to what I can do. That being said this is what happened today.

I was on the Stairmaster warming up before lifting and notice that both bicep machines near me are taken. This is fine; I have 4 other machines I want to use in today’s training and those are free.

I use one then another, and on one of the bicep curl machines the one particular person has not moved, has not lifted, but has thumb wrestled with his phone for quite a bit gym time wise. The other machine has another person on it.

Fine – I keep going but I really want to use that machine soon. Free weights are so far from where I am but I have that as an option.

On my last machine the one guy who has been there for about 20 or so minutes has finally done one set and moved off without cleaning it (not that there’s much sweat with sitting there). The other machine is also free so I use that one 🙂

I am happy; I got my sets in, but OMG why do you just sit there??!! Need to send a quick text?  Go for it.  Need to write down your reps?  Be my guest.  But the bicep curl machine is not a weird-looking couch.  So go lean against a wall or sit on a chair, or out of the way so that those who do have time limits can work out too!

What do you think about this? Does your gym have a “no cell phone” policy for times like this? What do you do in situations like this?

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Stay Fit As A Fiddle With These 16 Tips

Fitness is a way of life that many people are new to. Being fit, eating right, and exercising is something that many people have to learn. Even with all the ways to get fit, it can be hard to choose particular methods. Here are a few effective techniques for keeping fit.

1.Try to use free weights rather than exercise machines. While exercise machines are great a way to stay fit, your body can actually benefit more from free weights. Free weights work stabilizer muscles that most machines don’t. Not to mention, free weights are also much less expensive and bulky. It is a better choice all around to add free weights to your home gym.

2.Considering a gym membership but can’t afford the monthly dues? Try doing home work-out routines with a friend instead. Work-out videos and routines can be found online at little or no cost to you. By inviting a friend to join you, you can satisfy the need for accountability as well as the social aspect that you would otherwise get from joining a gym.

3.Listen to your body when exercising. A little muscle soreness here and there is quite normal, especially if you have started a new kind of workout. Continuous pain is a different matter altogether. It is your body’s way of telling you that you have overdone things, and are in danger of injuring yourself, maybe seriously. Rather than self-medicating with aspirin or another type of pain reliever, visit your doctor.

4.To keep physically fit, it is important to remember that daily or at least frequent exercise is important. Exercising only once a week, even if it’s for a long period of time, will not be as effective as exercising for a short time every day. Consistency is key in keeping fit.

5.Adopt a positive mental attitude. Much is made of the physical workouts and the fitness program you follow, but if your head isn’t there, the rest of you won’t be. A good fitness program starts and ends in the mind, so if you want a strong, lean body make sure that your mental attitude is there first.

6.If you want to build better abs, don’t workout your abs daily. Although they can recover much quicker than other muscles, psychologically they are no different than other muscles. You will get better results if you take time between ab workouts. Try to exercise them only about two or three days in a week.

7.To get the best results from your workouts, you need to make sure that you have the proper form. This will both give you the best workout possible and also reduce the risk of injury. Take the time to perfect your form and focus on quality rather than on quantity.

8.Always work out in comfortable clothes. If you workout in public, you may be tempted to dress for the benefit of others. Resist that temptation. Clothing that is restrictive and makes you feel uncomfortable should definitely be avoided. Good workout clothes will allow you to be able to think about what you are doing, not what you look like.

9.Make sure you’re using the proper forms when you’re exercising. If you try to cut corners, you’re only cheating yourself. Cutting corners means you’re not going to get the full benefit of your workout. Not only that, but you risk injuring yourself and putting your fitness goals in the toilet.

10.Dance is a good way to workout and have fun. It may seem like a simple leisure activity, but dance is a full total body workout. It combines cardiovascular exercise with core strength exercise and stretching and flexibility. There are a wide variety of dance techniques that can give you a proper workout alternative to traditional styles.

11.Do not be deterred by the rain if you’re walking or jogging to get some exercise. Unless we’re talking about some serious torrential downpours out there, a little drizzle never hurt anyone. In fact, as it’s falling, the rain will clean the air and allow you to take in more pure oxygen and thus increase your fat-burning efforts.

12.Practice improving your golf swing by conducting some practice swings on the opposite side you’ll be swinging. It’ll help strengthen and balance your muscles more which can help you avoid things like water hazards. Especially try doing a few of these swings at the first three or four holes or at least for a minute at a driving range.

13.When rock or wall climbing, a great tip is to purchase shoes that fit your feet so tight that you can stand, however, you can not walk comfortably. Wearing shoes this tight will: give you the best control; and will help you use your legs in the most efficient way. Using your legs is crucial when climbing.

14.Try a one-legged bike ride, but keep your balance. Use one leg to both forcefully push the pedal down and pull it back up. Let your other leg rest on the pedals without using it for any pressure. Switch the legs up on occasion for a great workout with minimal effort.

15.Jumping jacks can be a great way of getting your aerobic heart rate up. They get the blood rushing through kinetic movement and help to stretch your body minutely when you go up and down. It’s not just an exercise for kids; there are major benefits to any kinetic exercise that is easy, safe to do and gets your heart racing.

16.For those who have just begun exercising recently, it is important not to over do it. Because your muscles and other parts of your body are not used to the exercise, you can suffer a severe muscle injury. You can begin by power-walking, running, cycling, swimming, or lifting light weights.

Staying fit takes a lot of hard work and information. Use these tips to help jump start a fit lifestyle that will result in longevity, health, and happiness. Using just a few of these tips can produce major results as long as there is a sense of commitment and dedication to fitness.

Use These Tips to Get in Shape

When trying to lose weight or just live a healthy lifestyle you should always include an exercise plan with your clean food regimen. If you do not find something that motivates you to stay with it, you may lose interest and get off track. Find the right exercises that are fun to do and keep you interested. The following are some tips that can provide you with some assistance.

Listening to workout music can get your heart pumping and make you push yourself further. You will discover that your body moves naturally with the rhythm of the music. When you get started, you will be able to keep moving for a long time. Dancing is a wonderful way to work out, and it’s fun, too!

A workout buddy will make your exercise easier and more enjoyable. Catch up with one another while you’re working out, and your routine will fly by. Both of you will see how fast time flies when exercising together.

Playing a workout video game is an excellent exercise strategy. One advantage of workout video games is that you don’t even realize that you are exercising when you are playing them, as the games themselves can be very enjoyable and addictive. When you’re not focused only on discomfort, you will have more energy and be able to prolong your workout.

Wearing exercise clothes that are flattering to your body help with motivation. You can find so many different styles and colors of workout clothes that are fun to wear. Make sure you are creative when you choose your outfit; it will give you more motivation.

Prevent yourself from falling into a rut caused by completing the same routine on a daily basis. Boredom is one of the top reasons that people abandon their exercise routines and quit their fitness regimens entirely. Variety is key, so change it up. This is easily done by changing types of music or doing a new routine. Do cardio one day and weight lifting the next. If you keep your eyes open you should be able to find interesting ways to liven up your workout.

Celebrating small accomplishments can help you stay motivated. You can treat yourself to something small like a dessert or a new item of clothing as a reward for doing well. You should reward yourself with something that is realistic. Enhancing your motivation to improve your fitness is the goal of the treat.

Exercising can be interesting if you plan it out correctly. There are so many techniques you can try to make exercising more enjoyable. Consider the following advice when formulating your fitness plan.