Work out midafternoon
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Typically, the slowest gym hours are in the middle of the day, making it the ideal time to squeeze in a workout. You can probably hop on any machine without a wait, helping you finish your routine sooner. Plus, with less people crowding the locker room you might feel less self-conscious. Check out these secrets gyms won’t tell you.
Keep the TV off
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Tuning into your favorite show can distract you from how hard your workout is and make the time go by faster. But on the flip side, paying less attention to the effort you’re putting in could make you put less energy into your exercise. Women work out about 5 percent harder when they don’t have the TV on than when they do, according to research. As you get wrapped up in your show, you could start to lose your form or slow down your pace on a treadmill or stationary bike. If you can’t escape the screens in your gym, pick a spot in front of a TV tuned to a channel you don’t care about. Even if your eyes glance to the show, you’ll be less likely to get distracted from your technique.