It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
If you’ve been hitting the gym pretty seriously for awhile now and are not seeing any significant changes to your body or muscular definition, you’re probably feeling ready to go a little insane. The time has come to switch up your workout! Here are 3 reasons that you might not be seeing any results from your workouts, and how you can change them for the better.
1. Your Body is Used to Your Movements
As mentioned earlier, if you’ve been doing the same fitness routine for weeks, months, or even years, your body and muscles are used to the movements. After time, they no longer find it challenging, and as a result, you don’t see results. (Let’s face it – you’re probably pretty bored of doing the same thing, too.)
Keep things fresh by challenging your muscles. Now’s your time to have fun creating a new workout routine!
If you’re used to only doing cardio workouts, try incorporating strength training into your routine. If you’ve been stuck at the same weight amounts for the past few weeks, push yourself to increase your weight threshold. Work harder to get see better results.
2. Your Rest Schedule is Affecting Your Results
At the same time, working out for hours on end, day in and day out, can really take a toll on your body. Overworking your muscles to the point of exhaustion and soreness is bad for you.
If you’re a fan of cranking out some super-intense workouts a few days in row, it‘s probably time to lay that off. Instead, try a rotating schedule of an intermediate day of exercises followed by a more intense day, instead of many hard days one right after another.
In order to ensure proper recovery between workouts, you must get some quality sleep and rest. It is recommended that you get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, and aim for 2 rest days with little or no exercise per week. Doing so will leave your body refreshed, recovered, and performing at its optimal level. Chances are, you’ll see better results too.
3. Your Brain Needs a Challenge
There’s nothing quite like boosting your confidence than by proving to yourself that you’re able to meet and exceed your fitness goals. We find that the phrase “it’s all in your head” rings true for fitness; it’s easy to talk yourself into keeping with the same boring routine because you think you’re not capable of doing anything more.
Rather than telling yourself, “I can’t make it up that hill without stopping,” give your brain a little pep talk, and then power up that incline like it’s nothing. Switching up your workout will keep your brain game on edge, and will prove mentally challenging as well as physically.