Exercise: How You're Doing It Wrong And Not Reaching Your Goals
Let’s make no mistake. Getting any meaningful amount of meaningful exercise (judged as a minimum of 2.5 hours a week of heart rate raising exertion) is a good thing. But there are plenty of people who start exercising and start getting angry that they’re not seeing the changes they wanted. If you’re in that position, the answer is simply that you’re doing it wrong. Here’s how you might be doing it wrong and how you can start doing it right.
You’re not specific enough
If you’re not seeing any progress, the first thing you have to ask yourself is what progress you want to see. Starting to exercise in order to get into the habit of exercising is all well and good, but without clear goals, the changes are going to be much harder to see. As Fitness Magazine suggests, there are different exercises that help you reach different goals. In the end, maintaining a mix of cardio, strength training, and range of mobility exercises is important. But how you weigh those exercises could dictate whether you start to tone and build muscle in that part of the body, or whether you’re losing weight.
You’re not fueling your sessions
Exercise is only one part of the equation. If you’re looking to lose weight, for instance, then it’s common knowledge that diet accounts for 90% of the progress you make. Without knowing how many calories you eat, then you can’t know how many calories you should burn. Weight is only one part of it, too. If you’re looking to build muscle mass, for instance, then BuildTheMuscle makes it clear that you’re only going to see quick progress if you’re helping the body contribute to the healing process, for instance. Beyond the diet you have to maintain and the essential levels of hydration, when it comes to specific goals and reaching them quickly, then supplements might become a key part of your plans, too.
You’re not taking care of yourself
Are you pushing yourself to your absolute limit and then even further every time you work out, only to be sorer than ever before? If so, that might be a part of the problem. Finding ways to push a little further, to the point of exhaustion, is important, particularly in things like strength training. However, if you consistently push yourself too hard, you leave yourself at a much greater risk of causing an injury. Minor injuries can heal with no problem. However, the problem they cause is that they force you to rest. Even if you pushed yourself harder than ever before in that last workout, the time you spend on your rear after due to an injury is likely to entirely undo all the progress you made.
Basically, to get what you want from exercise, you need to know exactly what you want. You need to know which exercises work best for which goals. What nutrition and other lifestyle choices are going to affect that exercise. Most importantly, you need to make sure you’re doing it hard enough to make an impact, but not so hard that you risk losing the progress made.