Although there are many fitness tips that I’ve taken over the years, one of the most important probably pertains to the fact that whatever exercise routine I adopt needs to work for me. If it doesn’t, the results can be disastrous. In recognizing that other people may have challenges finding the right physical activity for them, I realize that there are several factors that one can identify to determine whether or not a specific regimen is or isn’t working. Here are several signs that your fitness program isn’t working as well as solutions if you discover that an in-efficacious exercise routine is holding you back from greater health:
1. You Have No Energy.
As many fitness experts know, exercise is an enterprise that gives us energy. In fact, this is one of the benefits of working out that drives many people to do it. If you begin a new exercise program and find that you’re not experiencing elevated levels of energy that contribute to increased productivity and a general sense of well-being, this could be a sign that your fitness routine isn’t working. There could be several factors causing your program to become in-efficacious, including a level of difficulty that is too strenuous for you. Also take into consideration the fact that your exercise program may not be rigorous enough, a factor that can preclude your body from exerting the effort that results in greater levels of energy.
2. You Hit A Plateau.
While you may have begun an exercise program that was initially challenging, hard work and dedication can often result in your mastery of it. When this happens, you will hit a plateau and find that the workout is no longer yielding the results you desire. In this case, the solution is changing your workout program so that you remain mentally and physically challenged by the effort you have to exert to complete the exercises. As FitBie notes in discussing reasons why your workout stops working, your body becomes bored with doing the same routine repeatedly. The solution for this problem is simple. When you begin experiencing little to no strain when you do the same workout program over and over again, try breaking that program up with different exercises. An example would be switching up your regular yoga routine with several spin sessions. You’ll work your body in a different way and burn more calories as a result of it.
3. You’re Not Motivated.
A workout program should contain some components that continually facilitate your desire to perform the physical activities. Whether the motivating factor is developing shapely thighs or losing weight, there must be some element of the exercise program that drives you to actually do the workout. When this element is not present, you may find yourself doing the exercises halfheartedly. In some cases, you may even start skipping sessions. If you are currently doing a workout program that doesn’t yield results or can’t keep you motivated for some other reason, it’s time to start shopping for a new fitness DVD or going to the gym. Other options you have include hiring a fitness instructor who can continually encourage you to do and be your very best.
Although consistent exercise is a great way to get in shape and boost your mood, not every workout program is going to work for every individual. Since this is the case, you need to identify whether or not the physical activity you engage in is yielding the results you want while keeping you motivated to continually do it. If not, you probably need to make a change. Good luck!
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