We've all been there. Sometimes we have the best intentions of working out but then we find ourselves taking longer breaks in between sets, becoming distracted or conversing with a friend and not working out as long or as intensely as we'd like. It's frustrating, but when it happens to me I can only blame myself. To avoid distractions and maximize your gym time, try following my tips to keep you focused.
1. Remember your GOALS. That's my first and most important rule. Your goals should be your gym "itinerary." Your fitness goals will help you devise a plan of action and from there all you have to do is follow your plan. For example, one of my goals is to develop my back and shoulders. I have specific days that I train those muscle groups. When I go into the gym I have the exercises that I plan on doing either written down or in my head which helps me focus on what I need to do when I get there. Don't overlook the power of planning. Every time I go to the gym, I have specific things that I want to accomplish. This helps me maximize the time I spend there and stay focused on what I need to work on.
2. Wear headphones. I CAN'T survive without them. I may be exaggerating a little but it would seriously be a struggle! I've found that people are less likely to strike up a conversation with me if I'm wearing them. To me, it tells others that I don't want to be bothered (nicely, of course). When I put on my headphones I'm usually in my zone and I can totally focus on my workout. I LOVE my wireless BEATS because it gives me the freedom to move around and do whatever I want without the restriction of the wires from headphones. I must say that the wireless BEATS have spoiled me. I have workout playlists that really help motivate me, I also use apps like Pandora, Spotify and FitRadio when I'm in the mood for certain genres.
3. Have a GAMEPLAN. This goes with number 1. You have to know what you want to accomplish and how you're going to accomplish it. If you need help with an exercise program, hire a personal trainer (shameless plug). I usually train 4-5 days a week with specific muscle groups that I train and cardio workouts that I plan either on separate days or before/after my weight training. This helps me not lose focus of my goals and keeps me moving.
4. Wear a ball cap. It seems insignificant, but it really helps me minimize distractions and keeps my eyes from wandering. Oh look... a new cardio machine.. Hey, it happens! It's very easy to lose focus and sometimes we have to use everything that we can use to stay on track.