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Are Your Pre-Workout Phone Habits Hurting Your Performance?

If you're like many of us, your phone is never far from reach - even when you're hitting the gym. But before you whip out your device for a quick scroll through social media before your next workout, you might want to think twice.

A recent study from Brazil found that using social media apps on your phone for just 30 minutes before a workout can lead to higher ratings of perceived exertion and lower estimates of reps in reserve. In other words, those who spent time on their phones before their workout felt more fatigued and less able to complete additional reps compared to a control group who watched a documentary before their workout.

Interesting, right?!

Now, it's important to note that the sample size for this study was small, and more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between phone use and workout performance. But, it's still worth considering the role that phone use may play in your own workouts.

If you find yourself feeling mentally exhausted before even starting your workout, it might be worth taking a break from your phone beforehand to ensure that you can give your best effort during your training. And, if you're having trouble staying fully engaged and motivated during your workouts, it's worth considering the role that phone use could be playing.

While it's important to stay connected, it's also crucial to prioritize your health and fitness goals. So next time you hit the gym, try leaving your phone locked away and giving your full attention to your training. You might just find that you're able to achieve better results and feel more motivated in the process.



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