You’ve been hitting the gym five times a week, and it’s starting to become a habit. You’ve brought some friends to join in, and you’ve had a great time during those workout sessions. But despite all the hard work, you’re still not seeing results from all the hours you’ve been putting in. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. A workout is only rewarding when performed correctly – and you’re wasting time if you not putting all your effort into it. Here are five scenarios when your workout isn’t working, and what to do about it.
Your workout bores you
If you stick with the same routine for too long, it’s easy to get bored, and you’ll start to dread your workout each day. But workouts don’t have to be boring! Add variety to your treadmill runs with speed intervals, and listen to music while you’re at it. Take your workout outside and try new activities. Join gym classes to socialize with other people. Change can keep your workouts fresh and fun, giving you something to look forward to.
You do the same moves over and over
When you first begin exercising, it may take some time to find the activity that you like best. Once you do, you want to keep at it, which is good – but it’s important to switch up. Your body adapts quickly to whatever exercise you’re doing. When that happens it doesn’t have to work as hard, and as a result you burn fewer calories. The solution? Make sure you have a well-rounded exercise routine that includes a variety of workouts such as cardio training, strength training, and stretching. You’ll get better results by diversifying.
You barely break a sweat
If you aren’t breaking any sweat during a workout session, even if you are exercising somewhere cold, then your workout isn’t enough of a challenge. Push your body harder, and make sure you have some visible sweat, which is a sign that you’ve worked hard. Don’t push yourself too hard though, or you might risk injury. Simply quicken your pace to ramp up your workout intensity.
You find it hard to focus
Asking a friend to join in a workout routine may sound fun, but spending time talking to your buddy can only get you so far when it comes to reaping the full benefits of a gym session. Focus on what you’re doing instead of making conversations. You should also steer clear of other distractions – be it watching the television, checking your smartphone, or engaging in other forms of entertainment. You’ll have plenty of time to do those later.
You feel more sore and tired than before
Exercising regularly should boost your energy, not leave you burned out. Suffering from exhaustion and soreness are signs that you might be overtraining. Pushing yourself over the limit will do more harm than good, and you’ll become weaker instead of stronger. Your body needs time for rest and recovery, in order to repair and rebuild muscle tissues. So take some time off if necessary, and start working out again only when you feel better.
Don’t spend countless hours exercising the wrong way. Changing your workout whenever these signs appear will help keep your motivation high and keep you on track. If you want to learn how to workout properly, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help.