6 Gym Time-Wasters To Avoid

A woman wearing a scarf at the gymIt’s okay, we’ve all done it. We give ourselves an hour to get in a workout, then end up wasting nearly half of it — running an errand or two, getting dressed at the gym, chatting with acquaintances we bump into along the way. Even with the best intentions, you can sidetrack your progress if you don’t make good use of your time.

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Think you might be frittering away precious fitness time? Check out what the top 6 fitness time-wasters are:

1. Watching TV or Reading.

The bottom line is that when you’re focused on other things, your workout suffers. You can walk at a 4 mph pace for 45 minutes and burn 300 to 400 calories. But you could get the same calorie burn in 20 to 25 minutes doing intervals (running or walking as fast as you can for a minute or two) every 90 seconds. It’s the total number of calories burned that counts.