Are You Making Your Workout Harder Than It Has To Be?
Whenever we get back to the gym, we always do a lot. We rock new workout clothes, stock up on Vitamin Water, and set out to conquer the treadmill. But could we be doing too much? If you find yourself burning out before you pay off the new workout equipment, the answer could be yes.
Getting healthy is hard work. But the key to getting and staying there is to actually like going to the gym. And that’s nearly impossible if you’re struggling through you workout. Who wants to stick to spending an hour a day doing something they hate?
If you use the h-word when thinking about your workout, it might be time to try something different.
You’re Working Out on an Empty Stomach
Your body only performs at its peak when you’ve had a snack. Schedule it for 30 to 60 minutes before your workout. Opt for something around 100 calories that’s high in protein and good carbs. It’s the best fuel for a calorie-burning workout.
You’re Constantly Watching the Clock
And that only makes time feel like it’s going more slowly. Instead, set an alarm on your phone, or tailor your playlist to run as long as your workout. Then you won’t have to glance at the timer to know when your run is over.
You’re Not Getting Help From Music
Listening to your favorite audio book is a great way to catch up on your reading, but it’s not doing your workout any favors. Put on motivating music between 140 and 190 BPMs and those tunes will make you work harder, feel less pain, and make you excited about your workout.
You’re Doing Too Much
Any more than 45 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 times a week makes it’s actually harder to lose weight.
You’re Dieting Together
Dieting with a friend is a great way to share willpower. But not every diet works the same for every body.
If the diet isn’t working for you it may be time to find another one. How to choose? A diet that it’s easy for you to stick to will always be the best choice for you.
You Don’t Lift Weights
Running burns calories while you’re on the treadmill, but lifting weights keeps you burning fat all day long. Worried about building bulk? Try these exercises that help you tighten up without bulking you up.
You’ve Cut the Carbs and Fat Completely
Fat and carbs are the elements of food that keeps you satisfied. Go without them for too long and you’ll find your cravings hard to fight. Plus, you’ll have less energy at the gym.
Focus on lowering your carb and fat intake instead of trying to cut it out completely. And when you need an energy boost? Don’t be afraid to snack on one of these “forbidden” foods.
You’ve Cut Too Many Calories
There’s no need to starve yourself. In fact, it can slow your metabolism down and rob you of energy for your workout.
Cutting around 500 calories from your diet is enough to lose weight. Cut any more at one time and you could be working against your body.
You Go To Bed Late
Sacrifice sleep hours to fit in a workout and you could be doing more damage than good. Get less than five hours of sleep a night and your body starts storing more fat than usual.
Will power doesn’t have to be about forcing yourself to hop on a treadmill and stare at the wall for 30 minutes. You’re least likely to stick to a workout plan when it’s boring. If you’re feeling uninspired, try aerobics classes, volleyball leagues or scuba diving lessons to switch things up and keep you motivated.
You’re Overthinking It
It takes about 7 weeks for anything to become a habit. Until then, let the schedule decide when you work out. Hit the treadmill like clockwork — no excuses allowed. Then when your workout becomes part of your routine it’ll be easier to stick to.
You’re Starting Big
Going from never taking the stairs at work to trying to run several miles a day is too big a leap and that can lead to burning out. Instead, increase your cardio a little bit every day. Mini goals that get bigger every week are a great way to stay motivated and avoid injuries.
You Don’t Reward Yourself
Don’t wait until you reach your biggest goal to give yourself a pat on the back. Reward yourself for losing five pounds or looking better in your jeans and you’ll give yourself more motivation to keep going.
And don’t be afraid to make the reward your favorite snack. Cheating on your diet occasionally can actually help you stick to it longer.
You’re Stretching Your Schedule
Not enough room in your day to spend an hour or so at the gym? Don’t over-fill your schedule or you’ll resent your workout for keeping you from sleep. Instead, find exercises that you can do while watching TV or sitting at your desk.