Improving your health and fitness takes time and hard work. You should not expect to see changes after one or two workouts, but if your daily workout routine is not producing noticeable results after a month or so, there might be a good reason. Take a look through these potential problems in your daily exercise routine.
You do not have a clear goal: Exercising without an intention makes for aimless, inconsistent workouts. If you do not have a clear goal, there is a good chance to face failure. You do not have a barometer for measuring your progress, which means you won’t know what type of results you are looking for.You are not challenging yourself enough: You do not need to be on the brink of exhaustion after every sweat session, but you won’t see results with your daily exercise routine if you are constantly breezing through your workouts. You want to keep pushing your limits to force the body into adaptation. As your body gradually adapts to a specific workout, you become stronger, more efficient, and more conditioned. Once a workout that used to seem difficult starts becoming easier, it’s time to increase your intensity again.
You do the exact same thing every day: Doing the same exact daily workout routine day after day and week after week is a surefire way to stall your progress. Once you become efficient at something, you need to add a new stimulus to keep your body adapting and improving.
You jump from one workout type to the next: And now for the opposite problem: too much change. Bouncing from pilates to circuit training to running all within a week — and then something entirely new the following week — may seem like the smartest way to shock your body into shape, but this strategy can actually backfire. If you change your workouts too often, you won’t give your body the chance to improve upon those exercises and movements, so very little adaptation happens.
You are not sleeping enough: Getting adequate sleep is important for improving your fitness. Without sufficient sleep, your muscles never fully repair or grow stronger, meaning you lack energy for your next workout and you cannot perform your best. If you sleep fewer than 7 hours a night and feel fatigued or foggy on a regular basis, you probably need to make some adjustments.
You are not practicing proper form: There is a difference between doing a move that hurts so good because it is challenging your muscles and doing a move that just plain hurts your body. If you notice that an exercise is causing that second result, you should check your form. Moving incorrectly can lead to pains and discomfort. When you do not exercise with proper form, your muscles won’t work optimally, which will inhibit some of your progress.
You are not eating enough protein: Your muscles need protein to recover and rebuild, so if you are not getting enough you could be limiting your results. One good indicator that you may not be consuming enough protein is a loss of muscle mass.You are not eating the right amount of calories: Both eating too much or not enough can impact how your body responds to exercise. Generally, eating too few calories can cause you to lose muscle and fat. Exceeding your daily calorie count, on the other hand, can cause you to gain fat.
You are bored with your workouts: The way you view your workout program impacts how you approach and execute the workout. So, if the thought of your workout makes you want to bang your head against the wall, chances are good you will only give it half the effort — or skip it completely. And while it is normal to occasionally feel like you are not in the mood to exercise, you should not despise or dread your workouts every day.