Why Your Workout Isn’t Working And How To Change It
When it comes to new year’s resolutions, the most common is, of course, getting in shape. Whether you plan on becoming a gym buddy or taking up a new sport, just about everyone has a workout plan to get fitter and healthier in the new year. Of course, a lot of that is probably down to the sheer amount of food that many of us eat over the holiday period.
But new years is as good an excuse as any to take up a more healthy, active lifestyle and get in shape. Then again, for everyone who makes the resolution to get fit and sticks to it, there are plenty more canceled gym memberships by the time February rolls around. Why is it that so many of us find it so hard to stick to our exercise routines and goals? Well, there are probably a hundred or more different reasons for it, but one of the most common is that it can be seriously discouraging when you can’t see the impact that your new lifestyle is having on your body. Sometimes this is just a matter of impatience.
You can’t expect to have your perfect body after a single trip to the gym. But what happens when you still aren’t seeing any results after months of exercise? Well, if that’s the case then it there’s probably more to it than a lack of commitment. With that in mind, here are some reasons why you might not be getting the most out of your workouts.
You’re not backing it up with your diet
Depending on the kinds of results that you want from your workout, your diet is going to have a massive impact on how effective it is. If you’re trying to lose weight, then all the exercise in the world isn’t going to do anything if you’re eating the wrong foods. The same goes in the opposite direction. If you’re trying to bulk up and you’re not supplying your body with the right amount of calories, then your weight training is going to be essentially useless.
The wrong diet can have the effect of basically canceling out all of the hard work that you’ve been doing when you exercise. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, avoiding overeating and junk foods is always a good idea. It’s best to stick to whole foods, fruit, vegetables, healthy fats and a decent amount of protein.
You’re doing the wrong routines
Not all routines are going to have the same effect. Again, it all depends on exactly what it is that you’re trying to achieve from your workout. Don’t just assume that because you’re working out; that’s going to help you achieve exactly what you want automatically. The workout that you’re doing should be tailored specifically based on what the results that you want from it are.
If you’re looking to bulk up, you should be adding more weight to your strength training. If you’re looking to get more toned then smaller weights with more reps are a better idea. Similarly, it’s a good idea to figure out which pieces of equipment are best for achieving the results that you want. An elliptical machine is a great full body workout if you’re looking for something low-impact that will help burn fat. You can check out some of the other benefits of an elliptical here.
You’re not working out enough
Even if you’ve committed to your exercise routine for the last few months, how much have you actually been doing? If you’ve only been going to the gym once or twice a week, then it’s hardly surprising that you’re not seeing that same results as someone who goes twice as often. Three or four hours a week of exercise is the kind of amount you want to be going for if you want some genuine results.
You also shouldn’t just stick with the same old routine all the time. Vary it up in terms of intensity. This way your body doesn’t get to a point where it’s coasting along, and you’re not really pushing yourself anymore.
You’re working out too much
Wait, what? I know, I know, this sounds ridiculous. But working out too much can be just as bad as not working out enough! This is down to one thing. Your body needs to rest. Personal trainers will always tell you that pushing your body past its limit is extremely dangerous.
If your body’s totally worn out then not only are you not going to get the most out of your workout, but you’re also putting yourself at genuine risk of injury. Not only that but your body actually needs those, all important, rest days in order to build that muscle. If you don’t take the time to rest, not only are you going to wear your body out, but you’re not even going to see the kinds of results that you want.
You’re wasting time
Do you ever go to the gym and see those people who are more interest in tweeting, chatting and taking selfies than they are in actually working out? If not, then there’s a chance you might just be one of those people! Plenty of people can spend hours at the gym but, when it comes down to it, aren’t actually spending that long working out.
The average workout, not including a warm-up and cool-down, should take you around forty-five minutes. If you’re spending more time than that at the gym but you’re still not seeing the kinds of results that you want, be honest with yourself about how you’re using your time. Cut out the distractions, leave your phone in your locker and focus on the what you’re trying to accomplish.
If you’re spending more time than that at the gym but you’re still not seeing the kinds of results that you want, be honest with yourself about how you’re using your time. Cut out the distractions, leave your phone in your locker and focus on the what you’re trying to accomplish.
The struggle is real! When you’re trying to lose weight and workout but aren’t seeing the results you want it is natural to give up. I hope these reasons we sabotage ourselves help you to make better choices when it comes to exercise.