Sometimes it feels as though you’ve hit a brick wall when it comes to your exercise regimine. If you feel like you’re not seeing results you could be making these mistakes in your workout.
- Thinking you need a gym to workout: An effective workout does not require fancy equipment. Go for a run, ride your bike, jump rope, run your stairs, or try these equipment-free exercises.
- You lift the same weights: Lifting heavy weights is not going to make you look like a bulky weight lifter. Your muscles build up resistance and get stronger over time, so you have to increase the weights you are lifting by a couple pounds every 2-3 weeks.
- You stuff your face afterwards: A good workout does not mean you get to eat a pint of ice cream once you get home. After you exercise eat a real meal that contains proteins and carbs, but is also low in fat. Ideally, this would take place a half-hour to an hour after your workout, when your body is ready to start putting those nutrients to use.
- Working out alone: If you lack motivation to go to the gym try bringing a friend. Numerous studies have shown that women who exercise with friends workout about 40 percent more than ones that go at it alone.
- Forgetting to breathe: Sounds silly, but you may find yourself holding your breath while you’re performing strength exercises. Depriving your body of oxygen when you workout out prevents it from getting the fuel it needs. Coincide your breath with your reps if you have to, it will make you more aware of your breathing.
- Not keeping a workout schedule: Exercising is not a temporary fix, but is something that must be done on a consistent basis. Find a time that works for you, mark your exercise days or times on a calendar and most importantly follow through. Even if you don’t feel like exercising, you will feel so much better for having stuck with it!
- Running, running, running…: Just running at the same pace for long periods of time is not as effective as you think it is. Try adding interval training, which includes high intensity moves like sprinting for a minute or two, to get more out of your workout.
- Not varying your workouts: This is a big reason why people often hit a weight loss plateau. Vary the frequency, intensity and repetitions of your workouts and most importantly, try new things, to see results.