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4 Signs Your Workout Isn't Working Out For You

You've finally decided to add more physical activity to your daily routine. Whether you’ve joined a gym and are attending at least a few days a week, or you’ve started building up your own fitness routine at home, exercise is a great way to stay healthy, lose weight, and reduce stress levels. However, you want to make sure that your chosen method of exercise is actually pushing you to reach a healthier level. If you’re able to end your workout without so much as breaking a sweat or needing a drink of water, you more than likely aren’t getting the full benefits that exercise and physical activity can offer. Here are 4 signs that you need to up your workout game for your own benefit.

You Aren’t Increasing The Intensity Or Time Of Your Workout

Working out is all about slow yet steady progression. As you establish a regular routine and begin to slowly build up your muscles, you should find that once you’re able to easily handle a certain intensity level, you’ll be ready to move higher up on the intensity scale. If you jog on the treadmill at the same incline every time you workout and have stopped feeling sore or tired afterwards, you probably need to try increasing the incline level. The same idea applies for weightlifting; slowly work on increasing the amount of weight you lift, or the amount of reps you do each time you visit the gym.

You Can Easily Hold A Conversation While Exercising

If you’re able to talk with a friend using fully-formed sentences while you’re working out, you probably aren’t exercising hard enough. Short phrases are ok, but if you don’t need time to catch your breath for any longer than that, it’s time to focus more on your physical activity than your talking.

You Don’t Feel Any Soreness After Your Workout

Definitely don’t push yourself to the point where you are in severe pain during or after your workout routine. However, if you’re pushing your body to a healthy limit, you should feel just a little sore after a good workout session, which means that your muscles are learning to repair themselves and grow stronger with each session. As long as you can get through your daily activities with a mild sense of soreness in the areas where you worked out, you should take this as a sign of healthy exercise.

You Aren’t Monitoring Your Heart Rate

This is important if you’re doing a cardio workout. Be sure to use a heart monitor (some machines come with heart rate monitors built in) to really gauge how effective your workout is, internally. Sweating is a great external sign of a good workout, but seeing an increase in your heart rate while on the treadmill or elliptical can really be the best indicator that your current exercise method is, or isn’t, working out for you.

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