As far as overall health and fitness is concerned, you simply cannot overlook regular physical exercise in conjunction with a healthy and balanced diet in order to yield optimal results. Working out should be a fun and enjoyable activity and pastime that you actually look forward to, rather than dread. The great thing about exercising and working out is that there are so many different examples and methods for you to choose from, meaning that if you don’t particularly like one, you can simply find something that you do enjoy. Some people prefer swimming, some enjoy cycling, some enjoy jogging, and some enjoy training in the gym. Whether you’re hitting the weights and pumping iron, or working up a sweat on the cardio equipment, one thing’s for sure, and that is that if you’re serious about achieving noticeable results, you will need to work hard and push yourself during your workouts. If your workouts are too easy for example, then you may want to think about changing things around, otherwise you simply won’t benefit. If you’re not sure whether or not your workouts are too easy or not, there are a few simple ways of finding out.
You aren’t working up a sweat – It doesn’t matter whether you’re lifting weights, running on the treadmill, jogging outdoors, playing sports with your friends, or anything else for that matter, if you aren’t working up a sweat, then you simply aren’t working hard enough. Sweating is a way of the body cooling itself down when the core body temperature begins to increase, and we only sweat when we’re really pushing our body. No matter how fit you are, if you aren’t sweating, you’re not working hard enough and your workouts are too easy, so step up the intensity and switch things around.
You aren’t tired – Another clue that your workouts aren’t testing enough for you is if you aren’t tried during, and following your workout. If you finish your training session, barely out of breath and barely breaking a sweat, feeling as if you could do it all over again, then your workout simply isn’t difficult enough for you and is far too easy. Obviously you don’t want to be exhausted to the point of collapse, but you should be out of breath, you should be sweating, and you should feel tired and worn out.
The weights feel too light – Obviously this one only applies to people that are weight training but if you’re following a certain program that is recommending you use certain weights, but they feel too light for you, that’s because they probably are. With weight and resistance training, the most common rep range is between 8 and 12 reps, and if you’re doing this, but literally feel as if you could do double that, possibly even triple, then the weight is simply too light and you will want to increase it by a couple of pounds and see how you feel then. By the time you get to the 8th rep, you should be struggling slightly or at least really having to work. Always increase your weights in very small increments just to be safe as the last thing you want is to injure yourself because you jumped up in weight from 20lbs to 40lbs.