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Smart Ways to Be More Productive at the Gym

1. Remember why you are there.

Although it may be tempting to pop along to the gym for the latest eye-candy, please remember that your membership fees would be better spent getting you into shape! 

2. Dodge distractions.

"I’m doing a push-up… Can I call you back?" Yeah, right. Smartphones, smartwatches, and anything else that buzzes or dings can be big time sucks. Avoid texts, calls, and Snapchat by putting your phone on Do Not Disturb or airplane mode.

3. Download an app.

Not sure exactly what to do at the gym? Save time by using a fitness app to have a plan.

4. Turn on the tunes.

Studies show listening to music while working out can help people work out harder, better, faster, and stronger. Pro tip: Keep one mega-upbeat song on your playlist as a go-to for those especially tough workout moments when you need an extra push.

5. Set a goal.

Plan your gym goals before arriving. Take it a step further by writing down the number of reps, sets, or even a specific workout to avoid cutting corners halfway through.

6. Stay hydrated.

Water does not only hydrate—it can fight fatigue too. Two hours prior to your workout, try to drink 17 to 20 ounces of water. During your workout, drink seven to 10 ounces about every 20 minutes.