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Why Your Workout Isn't Working

By Sara Butler

Everyone knows exercise is great for their health, but what happens when you’re dedicated to your workout routine and it’s not having the impact you want? That can make it even more difficult to stick to your routine. Remember, any sort of physical activity is good for you, but some workouts are superior to others. It really depends on your goals. Here are a few reasons your workout may not be working for you.

You’re Not Doing Enough

If you go to the gym and leisurely use the recumbent bike or treadmill without feeling challenged, then that could be why your workout isn’t yielding the results you want. You need to push yourself and take your workout intensity up a notch if you want to start getting somewhere with your workout. Regularly push yourself above your comfort zone when it comes to fitness. That can mean increasing the frequency, duration, or intensity of your workout. If you’re not sure where to start, then try adding a day to your workout routine.

You’re Working Out Too Hard

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the not working hard enough issues is the working too hard issue. If you go into every single workout and pushing yourself to exhaustion or you never take a day off to rest, then you’re probably doing too much.

One might think working out too much isn’t a problem, but if you don’t give your body ample opportunity to rest, then you can injure yourself and cause your muscle to break down instead of build up. Take some time off and make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night. And always give your body one or two days a week to rest.

You Only Do Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardio is important, but an exercise plan that’s going to help you get fit and stay that way involves cardio, flexibility, and strength training. If you’re only doing cardio, then you’re making changes to your body by building more muscle or becoming more flexible. Lift weights or do body weight exercises such as push-ups or lunges at least a couple of exercise sessions a week.

Making changes to your body and getting healthy isn’t something that happens overnight. You have to figure out the balance of exercise your body needs to make the changes you want and then keep pushing yourself to go farther and do more.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, Calif.

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