April 1, 2011

Why Is Working Out So Hard?

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Health, Healthy Living at 9:26 AM by lanaholt

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I Need A New Workout.

Are you making excuses not to workout? Has it been awhile since the last time you exercised? Well, maybe it’s time to change your workout routine. Here are some reasons you may want to change it up a little.

Are you simply bored of the same routine day in and day out? Something that used to get you excited can eventually get mind numbingly boring if you do it over and over again. Try something new, something you’ve never done before. Even just changing a few attributes of your current workout might make a difference. There are lots of factors that you can change up like: the time, the duration, the location, the people. For example if you run, try a new route. If you do the treadmill, choose a different pre set routine. If you always workout alone, try working out with a friend.

Have you hit a plateau, your workout is no longer challenging you, you’re not seeing or feeling the results? Adding some variety can keep your body from adapting to the exercises that you do.  You really need to change up your routine every 4-8 weeks. Now, that does not mean you have to scrap your workout routine and go to a completely new one. But, you could use this opportunity to try something new. That would take care of boredom and the plateau. Things you can change up in your current routine, would be duration, intensity, frequency of the exercises.  Adding or replacing parts of your current routine to make sure you are doing cardio, strength, stretching and balance are important to your overall well being. A couple examples of changing  things up in your current routine are: if you run, add hills, stairs, go as fast as you can for 1 min and then rest; if you take cardio classes, go as hard as you can for as long as you can in part of the class, then do low impact till you recover. An example of changing up a strength training routine would be instead of doing lots of light repetitions, go as heavy as you can with less repetitions.

Are you getting injured, are you more sore, exhausted and spent than ever before? You might be overtraining and/or doing too much of one type of exercise. Rest is just as important as exercise. Your body needs time to repair. You can suffer overuse injuries if you are only doing one type of exercise and doing it too often. You may just love that one aerobics class, riding your bike, or running, but if you are doing the same workout routine every single day or multiple times a day, you are asking for trouble. Take a break, reevaluate your workout regiment and make sure it is balanced. Your body will thank you in the long run.

I hope this helps you evaluate your exercise habits and gets you back on a happy, healthy path. Thanks for joining me. Till next time this is Coach Lana and I’m out. Please LIKE my page on Facebook. http://facebook.com/coachlana



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