7 Ways to be More Productive During Your Workout

Learn how to get things done while exercising. Plus—tips and techniques for not wasting time during your workouts.

Ben Greenfield
4-minute read
Episode #80

#5. Have a Pen Handy

Exercise increases blood flow to your brain, and consequently, you may find yourself struck by a creative or breakthrough idea while you’re in the middle of a workout. For this reason, it makes sense to have something around to record your idea so that you don’t forget it. I always have a writing utensil tucked away somewhere during my workout, such as in my backpack at the gym, in my pocket, or in the back of my bike jersey. When I think of something I need to remember, I jot it quickly down on the inside of my hand, and then reference it later when I’m done with my workout. I’ve had some of my best ideas while exercising, and would have completely forgotten them if I didn’t have something to write with.

#6. Take Your Computer to the Gym

Sometimes I’ll have a meeting, a writing deadline, or other tasks to finish, but I’ll also have a trip to the gym planned. Since many gyms have tables, a small café, and wireless internet access, I’ll go to the gym, get some work done on my laptop, and then go straight into my workout, or vice versa. The simple act of doing some work at the gym makes you more likely to go hop on a treadmill or hit the weights after you’ve finished, rather than crashing onto the couch and turning on the TV.

#7. Use a Smartphone Armband

Many of us use smartphones to get work or other productive tasks done – and of course the size and portability of a smartphone ensures that you can carry it during a workout. Exercise armbands that hold your smartphone are easy to find online, or at your local sporting goods store – and by having your smartphone during your workout, you’re able to listen to educational resources, take notes when necessary, or even stop to make an important phone call if you need to.

Ultimately, if you try to be too productive during your workout, you’ll sacrifice the quality of your exercise – and any intense or highly athletic workout typically does require 100% focus. But in many cases, you can move, increase cardiovascular or muscular fitness, and be productive all at the same time. Remember that every little bit of exercise helps you become healthier!

If you have more questions about ways to be more productive while you exercise, or your own tips about how to be more productive during a workout, share them in Comments or on the Get-Fit Guy Facebook page!

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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.