You’ve been exercising for a while, but you can barely see any changes in your physique, strength, or stamina. While that can be frustrating, it’s time to face the truth that you may be doing something wrong. Let’s take a look at seven possible reasons why you’re not getting the results you want.
1. You’re not working hard enough.
It’s not enough that you’re sweating or your heart rate is up — you have to push beyond what’s comfortable for your body in order to see results. You have to go all out in all the exercises in your routine, and stop conserving your energy just to last the whole class.
The intensity of your workout also plays a big role in the outcome of your efforts. You have to choose workouts that challenge you. BeatBarre, for example, takes pure barre classes to another level by incorporating dance steps and simple equipment into the routine.
2. You’re working too hard.
Although working hard pays off, everything in excess is bad. Exercising intensely every day can actually do more damage than good: muscles need time to repair themselves, and if you subject your body to continuous stress, you are not only breaking down your muscles, you’re also not giving them a chance to rebuild. Rest is as essential to your health as exercise is, so make sure you get plenty of it. Schedule your classes wisely.
3. You have no plan.
You’re simply exercising for the sake of exercising. You are not addressing specific health and fitness goals deliberately, and are just hoping for the best. Doing this is unwise and a waste of time.
Think of your workout routine as a means to accomplish goals. Are you trying to build muscles? Improve your posture? Lose x kilos in a month? Set measurable goals, then devise a fitness tactical regime that would enable you to achieve them. If you need a hand making a workout plan, you can consult with an expert about designing a personalized routine to achieve your overall health plan.
4. You’re doing the same exercises.
It is important to switch up your routines once in a while, so your body doesn’t adapt and you hit a plateau, or a point where nothing changes. If you’re always doing leg exercises, try arms or core exercises. If your focus is on weightlifting, try flexibility classes. Diverse workout plans keep your body challenged while allowing you to focus on different problem areas of the body. As an added bonus, less repetition makes for less boring exercise.
Beatbarre takes what Pure Barre does to the next level by choreographing routines to music and flushing and burning muscles and attacking both local and global stabilizers.
C2body offers dynamic Pilates reformer classes that constantly evolve. C2body barre classes have over 60 routines that are choreographed to music to keep things fresh and challenging.
5. You’re doing exercises that hurt you.
Muscle ache is natural after an exercise; muscle tearing is not. If you’re doing exercises incorrectly, or are using equipment that can hurt you, you’re jeopardizing your health and safety. Avoid performing movements that are too advanced for your level, and don’t use equipment unsupervised, because you might get injured. While it’s possible to keep exercising with strained and damaged muscles or joints, injuries can limit your movements and the exercises you’re capable of, hindering your progress.
6. You’re not focused.
You do The Hundred exercise, then post a #workout on your social media account, wait for the likes, and reply to the comments. Before you know it, your one-hour session is over, and you have spent most of it on your phone.
Be in the moment when you exercise. Focusing makes you exert more effort on your routine, and greater effort reaps greater benefits. Minimize all distractions, and pay attention to how your body responds to each movement. Enrolling in a class may also help, as someone can supervise you and redirect your attention back to the task at hand if necessary.
7. You’re not doing anything besides exercising.
There is more to a healthy lifestyle than exercise. If you want visible results, you should couple your workout routine with a balanced diet. You can also create a meal plan that caters to your specific health goals, like a high-protein diet for building muscles, or a low-carb one for lowering sugar levels. Remember to also keep yourself hydrated, and to avoid substances that can be detrimental to your health, like alcohol.
Tired of not seeing results? Need a hand to push you further? Our experts at C2 Body will make sure that your fitness goals are met through challenging but engaging Pilates and barre routines. Book a class with us today.