Mind your muscle


It's easy to get lost in a killer playlist or Friends rerun on the TV attached to the elliptical, but mindless exercise makes all your hard work forgettable—and you can forget about seeing results too. “There is a huge difference between going through the motions of an exercise and truly thinking, feeling, and engaging the key muscles,” says Kira Stokes, master instructor at the New York City location of indoor cycling studio Revolve. “Be conscious of and enjoy the sensation of your muscles contracting and the feelings of growing stronger and more powerful with each rep.” 

Jodifit tip: If you can hum a song, watch Tv, talk to a friend read a book or look at your phone while you’re working out, you’re not working out hard enough. Be mindful and your body will thank you. 

John Torres