Why Your Workout Needs a Reality Check
By Genevieve Cunningham
Being fit is a great goal for any person to keep at the top of their list. Fitness is a personal journey, and in many cases, it’s a difficult one. Even if you’re a regular at the local gym, you may find times that your fitness routine doesn’t seem to be working anymore. And this creates a brand new challenge. Take a look at why your fitness routine may need a quick reality check, and what you can do to get back into fighting shape.
Your Body Gets Used to Exercise
Many people, because exercise is not their favorite thing in the world, find an activity that they enjoy and stick with it like glue. But doing the same exact thing day in and day out doesn’t create a challenge for your body. In fact, it will get used to it, and you’ll stop seeing the results that you loved so much in the beginning. So what do you do? Keep it interesting! Be ready to try something new when your favorite routine is lacking. Once you change it up and notice some change in your body again, you can go back to your favorite with renewed vigor.
You’re Getting a Little Lazy
No one likes to admit it, but after a while we all get a little loose in our efforts. Even if you haven’t missed a single workout, are you giving it your best? Are you really digging deep and working those muscles? Take an honest look at your approach to your next session. Are you 100 percent invested? If not, make a new playlist, set a new goal, and get after it. Sometimes it’s the simple recognition of slacking that allows us to knock it off and get back to work.
The Same Muscles are Doing All the Work
Chances are good that you’re relying on the same muscles to pull you through every workout. While this doesn’t sound bad on the surface, it also means that some of your muscles are getting absolutely zero workout. So why does this even matter? If your muscles aren’t all getting worked, your body won’t grow in balance. Your biceps will be strong, but your triceps will be weaker than ever. In order to negate these effects, make a plan of action. Work certain muscle groups on certain days, and then change it up the following day. If you don’t know what muscles to work, ask a fitness professional for advice.
If you regularly work out, you’re already ahead of the game. But don’t let any of these simple and common scenarios derail your success. Use these as a guide to help you evaluate your workout and change it up for ultimate success and a lifetime of health.
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