You go to the gym. You do your cardio and hit some machines. You even do some free weights. By all accounts you're doing all the right things. The sad truth is that most gymgoers could get more from a workout. If your honest, you know you could. Are you one of the gymgoers who expends more energy getting to the gym than in it? Here are three ways to check to make sure you're actually working out and not just wasting an hour or so.
Doing your daily cardio is a great thing, but if you can hold a conversation through your entire effort on the treadmill or elliptical, you're not really working out with any conviction. By talking, I mean asking your friend if they want to get a shake after your workout, not a full conversation about life, what way they're training, or if they seen the new Fifty Shades movie.
A good workout is only as good as the recovery!
If you aren't rested, well-fed, and approaching your workout with optimum enthusiasm, your effort may be questionable. How do you know if you're resting and recovering well? If your next session feels like a chore! Such factors as sleep (quality AND quantity), adequate nutrition, and stress management (factor often underestimated) all need to be on point each time after leaving the gym. This will have direct reflection on your progress.
Another, just going to the gym and putting in some time won't produce results. Without a solid plan, trainer or coach to help direct you, you may not succeed. Instead, you'll get complacent, slowly decreasing your commitment until the only lasting impact of your efforts in the gym is the unused gym membership fob on your car keys.
It is very possible to make noticeable changes to your physical body and appearance within 40 days. If you do things correctly.
If you can pass these three, congratulations! You're actually working your workout. However, if you aren't planning your workouts and getting the proper recovery and if you opt to dictate your life story to a friend when you're doing cardio, you may as well stay home.
Power pose. 💪 Please ignore my unshaved armpits. ✋ aha feeling stronger than ever lately. Just finished some heavy lifts and 20min Stairmaster HIIT. I may need to work more on my arms to catch up with my shoulders. 😅 other than that I'm feeling content with my progress! On another note, I was feeling bored with my gym so as of today I have 2 ✌ different memberships and love it so far. Hope you're all killin' it this Saturday! 😜
Pretty sure I wear my GRATEFUL shirt more than any other (cuz that’s how I feel every damn day) so it’s only right I get the latest addition 💁🏻♀️. Even more #grateful
now than when I first started for my @equinox
family - members and coworkers. Job love x a million 🙌🏼.
Thank you CNH for the warm welcome this morning, I truly have missed you (even though I’m still there on Tuesdays...I used to see you 5 days a week!). And thank you @kdiscipio1
for the FAB Muse class...Love love loved it!