Have you ever started an exercise routine with the best of intentions, picturing yourself with that perfect summer body, and imagining how good it’d feel to be able to run for the bus without becoming winded?
Have you then found yourself suffering through each workout, noticing few, if any benefits, and eventually giving up and feeling terrible about it?When all is said and done, exercise just doesn’t work out sometimes. This can be for a combination of reasons — like the wrong workout style, the wrong nutritional approach, and so on. The important thing to realise is that you can take steps to fix these issues and have exercise be a part of your life that actually brings you happiness and energy rather than suffering and insecurity.Here are some reasons why your workouts may not be working for you.
You’re not fuelling yourself properly
Contrary to what you might have heard from the latest diet trends, your body needs food as fuel, in order to perform any kinds of physical tasks and to rebuild and repair from the damage done by exercise.Often when people are working out, they’re also starving themselves in an effort to lose weight. While this may work in the short term, it’s going to have a devastating effect on your body, health, and happiness.
If you’re not eating enough, and enough of the right stuff, your workouts are going to be truly brutal. You’re going to have an awful time with them. You’ll likely come down with colds and chest infections after intense training sessions. And you’ll be more prone to injury.To make matters worse, any benefits you do see from the exercise will likely taper off quickly as your body fights to conserve resources.Fuel yourself properly for exercise. Eat filling, satisfying portions of healthy, whole food throughout the day. Don’t obsessively count calories.
You’re not doing things that you find interesting
If your workouts are a struggle, and you can’t summon up any enthusiasm for them, it might just be that you’re doing forms of exercise that you don’t find remotely interesting or fun.Luckily, there are many ways of moving your body and getting fit, ranging from a skiing trip courtesy of Destination Ski, to a Zumba class, or even a martial art.Find some styles of exercise that you actually find interesting and can have a good time with. Don’t force yourself to run on the treadmill if you hate it.
You’re not training smart
If you’re not following a well-structured exercise plan, and especially if you’re not listening to your body, you can easily over-train or up working out in ineffective and counterproductive ways.As a general rule, none of your workouts should be longer than an hour, and none of your pure cardio sessions should be longer than about 30 minutes. Training for too long — especially doing cardio for too long — boosts your stress hormones and can have a negative effect on your health and muscle growth.You should finish each training session feeling tired but energised and positive. You shouldn’t reach the end of any session feeling like a quivering, sick, depressed wreck.
Train smart, not just hard.