The effectiveness of your training routine impacts you on many levels. First, increasing the number of reps shows that your training is working. And from this, fitness and training workouts have become very result oriented. More reps, losing weight, and getting faster are excellent goals. But at what cost are you willing to produce results? If your body is trashed and exhausted all the time, then your workout is probably working against you.
Results don’t need to be a numbers game on a leaderboard. Training results can also be seen as improving your life to be better mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Here are ways to know if your fitness routine is not working.
1. You lose interest and skip days.
You always want to do more when you find something good and exciting. Training should be inspiring and motivating because you feel good when you do it, especially afterward. Unfortunately, people often do the wrong exercise or the most popular trendy newest training programs. And many times, the training is too hard; or maybe it’s too long. Or perhaps the movements are monotonous. But, if you are not interested, it loses importance. And if it is not important, then you will skip it.
Find an activity or training routine that works for you, that’s not boring, and is fun. It doesn’t have to be in the gym. It can be outside, running around, hiking a hill, etc. And this way, you won’t skip it when it becomes interesting.
2. Feeling pressured and overwhelmed.
Many people measure results based on increasing numbers, getting stronger, and faster. However, your training may be too arduous. Therefore, it creates stress and pressure and overwhelms you mentally. In the long run, it will cause you to slack off or quit. I see it happen often. However, if you try and force or do too much, you will eventually let it go. Something that consumes too much energy mentally, physically, and emotionally will exhaust you to feel overwhelmed.
Who wants to handle pressure and stress? You shouldn’t feel pressured to have to train or put-up numbers higher than the last workout. Instead, just exercise and enjoy it.
3. Being sore all the time.
On the physical side, it’s not a good thing when your muscles are always sore. Your muscles need to repair and recover; if they’re not, you must figure out why. First, you must consider whether you are getting enough sleep and eating enough food to repair your body. If not, you may need to step it back a bit because the intensity is too high, causing muscles to be sore often.
If you’re sore all the time, your body is not recovering. You must understand and recognize that you cannot do killer workouts daily. Instead, mix high and low-intensity days with rest days.
4. You only focus on your strengths.
Doing exercises that you are proficient in is excellent. But you become blind to your weakness. And your weakness is the limiting aspect that holds back progression. For example, if you chest press all the time and have a strong chest and a weak back, it produces imbalance. So, for example, training your back muscles will improve your chest press strength.
Also, focusing only on your strengths will strengthen imbalance. An imbalance leads to weakness in other muscles and affects other movements. This can cause strain, pain, or injury. Training is about balance, and balance optimizes functionality. Functionality is what you want to train, boost, and enhance. But if you don’t balance your workout, it becomes dysfunctional and works against you.
Here are ways to know that your training program is working for you.
Here are some clear-cut signs that your training program is effective.
- You feel happier and well.
- You have a lot of energy.
- Your mind feels clear and relaxed.
- You think better and faster.
- You develop strength, speed, and endurance.
- You are not so sore after every workout.
But let’s look and dig beyond the obvious surface to see how far the roots extend, positively impacting your life.
1. You become more consistent.
Becoming more consistent with your training shows it is effective and you like it. It produces a positive mental, physical, and emotional shift in your health and life. Consistency develops structure, and structure is the foundation for being habitual. The more training becomes a habit, the more you will find time for it in your life. Consistency attaches a level of importance that is worthy of your time. It shifts it from unimportant to necessary for your training to find a spot and place it on your daily to-do list.
2. It empowers you mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Training changes how you feel and think and leads to positive impacts that change your life. It is not just about physical strength but about developing and feeling motivation and inspiration. Training is not just about changing your appearance but empowering how you think and feel.
3. You’re making positive lifestyle changes.
Training unlocks a greater sense of self. It transforms your mind to make better choices. Suddenly you start eating better, choosing healthier foods, and cutting out the bad stuff. Also, you think more precisely and faster. Stress levels decrease. Your relationships and communication between family and friends improve. And you become more productive at work.
Training should shift your mind into a higher sense of self. It rewrites the code that makes positive changes in your behavior, personality, and attitudes.
Before you decide to throw out and completely overhaul your training program, understand the results, what works and what does not. Don’t just base it on reps. Instead, look at your life and see what has changed for the best.
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