Have you been working out religiously since spring, to make sure you look your best in your skimpy summer attire? If so, you are probably feeling great, but you still may feel you haven’t gotten all the results you were hoping for.
You may just need a few adjustments to your workout to start seeing the change you want.
Change your diet
Sometimes increasing your exercise time may cause you to increase your appetite too. Even if you eat clean with lots of fruits and veggies, and avoid processed foods, you still need to watch your calorie intake. Limit your carbs to fruits, veggies and grains, and consume lean protein. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Change up Your Workout
Although your body responds to consistency, it also gets accustomed to the same workout becomes less prone to change. So keep setting aside that 1 hour for exercise, but change up the routine and the intensity. You also need to build muscle if you are trying to shed pounds, as increased muscle mass increases your metabolic rate and helps you burn more calories at rest.
- If you are a runner, add in some weight lifting or body-weight movements like push-ups and squats
- If you mainly lift weights, add some interval training like stair running, a take a spin class
- If you normally incorporate weight training and cardio, add some lengthening and stretching to your routine with a yoga class or a Pilates session once a week.
- Try something new, like Joining a boot camp, or taking up tennis or kayaking.
Get more sleep and rest
Your body needs sleep to repair after workouts and look its best. Experts say we should aim for 7 hours per night.
You also need to be sure you aren’t over-training. You need to let your muscles recover between workouts. If you are constantly sore, or your body is feeling fatigued, you aren’t getting the most out of your workouts. Believe it or not, sometimes skipping a day of training is exactly the thing your body needs to get on track.
Just because you show up to the gym regularly doesn’t mean you are getting in your best workout. Be sure to do more than “show up” and push yourself every time you train. Be present in what you are doing, and don’t just let your mind wander to the events of the day or the perceived problems of tomorrow. Use your training time to focus on yourself and your progress.
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