3 Things to NEVER do While Exercising

Here are 3 pet peeves of mine where people are just wasting their time at the gym... I can't tell you how many times I see people sabotaging their results by doing these useless things while attempting to workout:

1. Talking on the cell phone while working out --

I'm not kidding... I've even seen people talking on their cell phone while doing ab exercises on a mat. I can't help but laugh when I see this.

But it's sad if you think about it. Are you going to tell me these people can't leave their cell phone in the car for 45 minutes so that they can actually concentrate on their workout and put their mind into what their doing?

If you want results, cell phones need to stay in the car. Anyone who can't get away from their cell phone for 45 minutes needs to re-evaluate priorities in their life.

After all, what did they do 10 or 15 years ago when they didn't have a cell phone? I'm sure they were able to get an uninterrupted workout at the gym back in the non-cell days.

2. Reading a magazine or newspaper while working out on a treadmill, exercise bike, or elliptical machine --

This is another worthless waste of time. If you can actually read while exercising, then you're not working out hard enough, and not creating the mind-body connection during exercise that is needed to get the best results.

Have you ever noticed that all of the people on the cardio machines reading magazines are usually the ones with the worst bodies? And by contrast, the people actually training hard using resistance training (weights) are the ones with the best bodies... take a look around and I think you'll notice the trend too!

3. Watching TV while working out on a cardio machine --

Same concept as the reading while working out... If you're distracted by TV, then your mind is simply not in the game enough to get good results. Keeping focus on what your muscles are doing, working intensely, and maintaining that mind-body connection are what will create the best bodies.

So, if you want results, throw away the newspaper, get off the boring cardio machines, and actually do something that will change your body, such as:

On the topic of things to never do while working out, this is a pretty hilarious 2-min video:

I'll be back with more Lean-Body Secrets in a few days.

Til then,
Don't be lazy... be lean.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder - &

PS - check out my friend Jon Benson's unique method of using his favorite foods to increase fat burning:

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