Find Out If Your Workout Is Too Easy
Wondering if your workout is hard enough is a common question today. There is a good reason for this. Working out takes time and effort and sometimes money (if you use a gym). No one wants to spend precious time, money and energy day after day, week after week only to find out they haven’t been doing enough to get a result.
There is good news! By asking yourself a few simple questions and paying attention to a few signs you can know if you are hitting the mark or need to kick up your workout to the next level!
Take a look at these two good indications that your workout is too easy.
You’ve barely broken a sweat.
If you didn’t perspire a drop during your entire workout, even if you were outside in cold weather, then you probably could have revved it up more.
“Although some people sweat more than others, you should have some visible sweat, which indicates you’ve worked hard,” says Kayla Itsines, a personal trainer who started the Bikini Body Confidence online workouts.
The solution: Don’t work so hard that you risk getting injured, but pick up the pace or intensity so that your sweat-wicking clothes have something to wick.
You don’t feel like you’ve done anything.
Be honest with yourself. It’s OK to adjust for your skill level or scale back when something feels too tough, but you don’t want to completely let yourself off the hook.
After a too-easy workout, “you might walk away feeling disappointed and less motivated,” Itsines says.
The solution: You’ll know you’re exercising at the correct intensity if your workouts feel challenging, but not so hard that you can’t complete them. By the end, you should be feeling good.
– via WebMD
Two More Easy Ways To Know That You Need To Push Harder
Working out and starting to see results and feel healthier is a powerful motivator. The only way to make progress whether you want to build muscle or tone up or lose weight is to push yourself.
Pushing yourself doesn’t mean taking risks and getting hurt, but it does mean knowing the line where exercise is too easy and pushing yourself beyond it, over and over again.
Here are two more ways to know when your workout is too easy so you can take it up a notch!
You can hold a conversation
A leisurely stroll with a friend is a nice way to pass the time, but not if you expect that activity to help you lose weight. To put it simply, if you can hold a conversation during your workout, you’re just not working hard enough. Short phrases, perhaps, but if you’re able to belt out Taylor Swift while jogging, you need to reassess your workout plan (and maybe your level of shamelessness).
You’re not even a little sore the next day
No pain, no gain. A good way to tell how hard you worked out is to wait 24 hours and see how you feel. When you exercise, you cause microscopic damage to your muscles. The muscles then adapt, repair themselves, and grow stronger. Basically, you should feel moderate soreness after a workout; if not, you probably didn’t stimulate your muscle enough to get results. (But not so sore that you can’t go about your regular routine.) Give yourself a day in between to rest and rebuild those sore muscle groups while you work another, alternating days so you don’t overwork one particular group.
– via Health News
When you workout, how often do you sweat?