In a Fitness Rut – and Don’t Even Know It
Many people go weeks, months, and even years doing the same exercise program with little to no change. Why is this dangerous? Well, in my opinion, it’s dangerous for many reasons. One, it leads you to believe you are making progress just because you are doing something – but that’s not always the case. Two, as your body adapts to the activity, it no longer challenges your body the way the activity originally did when you first started. Lastly, it gives you the false impression you can afford to eat more.
Think about this. We can’t expect weight loss results if we don’t pay attention to what we are eating. Everyone knows we must keep a close watch on the food we eat and avoid high-calorie food. So, we wouldn’t dare eat blindly, so why in the world would we workout blindly. Just like with food, there are things we must look for in an effective exercise routine.
Is any activity good activity? Sure. It’s GREAT when someone stays active, but I’m talking about exercise – and often times people are under the impression they are doing much more than they really are. They confuse activity for exercise – and even the people who truly are exercising, many times, aren’t getting results. Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize they are doing anything wrong at all. The only way to check yourself is to test yourself.
QUIZ: Ask your self these questions.
1. Does your workout have a very specific purpose? You should have a specific goal for each workout. (See 4 ways to exercise with purpose at LoseIt.com)
2. Do your workouts change often? It’s important to constantly change your routine and exercises. Your body will eventually adjust to a workout. If you want your body to be as fit and healthy as possible, you have to change things up.
3. Do you track your progress? You should actively track and test your progress to make sure your workouts are continuing to produce improvement. (Get the Lose It Fit Test and progress tracking sheet, located right below the video at the bottom of the page)
4. Are your workouts boring? Boring workouts are tempting to quit. A stale workout is not a fun workout, so you are a lot more likely to quit it. As you change your workouts up, explore new exercises and meet new fit friends, you’ll increase your chances of sticking to your program and getting the results you’ve wanted.
5. Are your workouts working? Another reason people quit working out is because they aren’t getting the results they want. Workouts that have no purpose rarely produce desired results.You have to PLAN for success – not just hope it accidentally happens by chance because you mean well. Often times people will continue the same exercises, over and over, expecting different results. If you aren’t getting results, you HAVE to make a change.
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