Should you take your cell phone to the gym?
Mobile devices are part of our routine life and we find it difficult to separate ourselves from them even at the moment of practicing sport. Taking your mobile to the gym or leaving it in your bag is a personal choice that has both advantages and drawbacks. Meet them and decide!
There are so many utilities that the mobile has become practically indispensable, but being aware of the phone can make you not pay due attention to what you do at a given moment.
There are different beliefs. Some personal trainers and monitors believe that the mobile phone in the gym is a distraction that can cause your sports performance to drop noticeably. Others, on the other hand, are in favor of taking advantage of it whenever it is used as another tool to help you prosper and achieve your goals.
Distraction supplement or device with practical and useful applications to carry out your activity? That’s the question. Taking your cell phone to the gym is neither good nor bad in itself. It all depends on how you use it.
Pros and cons of training with the mobile in the gym
Take a look at this small list of considerations about whether or not to carry your mobile while you train and examine what job you give to yours when you exercise. This way it will be easier for you to decide what else is convenient for you.
1. Many devices have applications that are a great help when training. Counter of the calories you burn, control of the heart rate, data on the number of repetitions, on the minutes dedicated to training in each and every machine or on the evolution of the weight you lift in each of the sessions? Undoubtedly, and as if you decide to run with your mobile phone, there are applications that are an advantage when it comes to keeping track of your routines and your progress in the gym.
2. Faced with so much technology, it should not be forgotten that quite a few people take their mobile phones to the fitness room with the sole intention of training by listening to music. If your soundtrack helps you exercise with more drive and motivation, there’s no reason not to.
3. The majority of trainers are against the use of mobile phones in the gym because of another type of function, which these devices have, which have little to do with sporting activity. Reading emails and whatsapps messages, while resting for a few seconds between series, or even while pedaling on the bike or running on the treadmill, is not the best way to concentrate on the effort you are making and your improvement.
4. Taking your mobile to the gym can waste valuable time answering calls or answering messages. If you devote 2 or 3 hours a week to taking care of yourself doing sport, you should not abandon that time that gives you health and well-being. Focus on yourself, enjoy the physical exercise and leave the mobile! (nothing happens because you see the messages a few minutes later).
5. Your device can become your worst “enemy” by continually interrupting your training. If you are one of the people that every time you hear the incoming sound messages stop doing whatever it takes to attend to it, it is better not to train with your mobile phone. Your routine has a rhythm, a series of exercises and seconds of rest that you must fulfill without interruptions to achieve your unbeatable performance.
6. Finally, remember that excessive dependence on mobile phones is never good. Sport helps to release tensions and stress and, in this sense, doing it without being aware of the mobile will make your session in the gym fulfill each and every one of your hopes.
In short, if the mobile phone is useful for you when training, perfect!, there is no problem in taking it to the gym, but if it becomes the protagonist preventing you from concentrating on your routine … you better leave it at home!