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Fit Tip: Time Yourself With Your iPod

If you're doing stretches to cool down or plank poses for strength training, how long you hold each move is crucial. I like to stay in each stretch for 30 seconds, while I do the plank for different amounts of time depending on how much of a workout I want. But I often find that my perception of 30 seconds is skewed from reality!

Here's a fun trick to try: If you have an iPod with a display, use the song counter to time your moves. Position the iPod on your mat in your line of vision, and watch the numbers tick away. That way, you won't lose count, and you can be sure your 30 seconds is a real 30 seconds.

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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I use my iPhone for my music, and the stopwatch function is SO handy. i use it in lab, in the gym, and to settle arguments with friends (long story)!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I do this all the time. It makes time go by faster to hear music and you can make sure you're doing the time you're trying to do.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I use my stopwatch function on the iPod too. It's also good for timing training runs.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I spoke to my physio the other day and he said that any stretch less than 60 seconds was a waste of time. Is this still true for exercise stretches?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Hmm. My way is way more boring...I look at the timer on my watch to see when 30 seconds goes by. Timing it on the iPod sounds like a lot more fun though.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Or if you have an ipod thats (I think) 2005 or newer, you could use the stop watch and still be tuned into your fav song. I use it pretty much everyday on my itouch and on my old video ipod.
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