What Is Your Workout Missing?
Your workout routine should be personalized for your needs, with clear goals (building muscle, losing weight, maintaining endurance) and enough challenge to keep your mind and body engaged. You may be happy with your routine, or you may have even slipped into a comfort zone. However, it’s always a good idea to assess your routine and make sure your are on track and meeting your goals. Another good question to ask when thinking about your fitness routine? “Is my workout missing anything?”
It’s normal to pick activities that you enjoy or to stick to classes and weight machines that show measurable results. However, you may have overlooked some key workout strategies that can help enhance your performance. One thing your workout may lack is variety. It’s important to stick to what works for you, but you also don’t want to become bored or allow your body to adapt to your current exercise and lose the benefits you were gaining when that routine was new. Plus adding speed, increasing distance or trying a new activity can help you work through a plateau or encourage weight loss.
Your workout routine will cause you more pain than gain if you haven’t built in recovery time. In order for your body to reap the most benefits from a routine, there needs to be consistent periods of rest to allow your body time to recover and repair. Working out too hard over a long period of time can actually weaken you instead of building strength!
Is your workout missing challenge? Too much challenge can leave you sore and frustrated, but if there isn’t enough challenge, you may lose interest in your routine or notice a lack of results. One way to ensure you are giving your body enough challenge is to wear a heart rate monitor. This will help you make sure you’re reaching your target heart rate, plus you will know when it is time to add some intensity to your routine.
An important component of any successful workout routine is a proper diet. In order to fuel your workout, you need to make sure you are giving your body the nutrients it needs. If you are feeling tired or lose your motivation during a workout, something in your diet may be what’s missing. Lean protein, fruits and vegetables, good carbs and a regimen of multivitamins or supplements will help give your body what it needs to push through a vigorous and beneficial workout.
If you are feeling like something is missing from your workout, take a moment to assess your routine and your lifestyle. By taking the time to examine your fitness routine, you can ensure that your body is receiving the most benefits and continues to feel stronger, look younger and help you feel better overall.