These 7 Signs Mean Your Workout Is Way Too Easy

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Exercising is something that can’t be pushed aside and finding the proper balance between a fun and challenging workout is something everyone wants. In case you come home after a workout session and are not exhausted, it’s because your workout was just too easy. Well, it’s time to make your workout session tougher again.

Step up the challenge if you recognize yourself in any of these 7 scenarios.

1. You Talk With Friends The Entire Time

Your workout pal can keep you motivated. But if you can easily carry on a conversation while you exercise, you’re not working hard enough, which will make it tougher to achieve your goals. So, don’t dismiss your buddy, but save the chat for later. When you exercise at a moderate level, you want to work hard enough so that you can only get out a few choppy sentences, not carry on a full conversation. When you work out intensely, you should be able to squeeze out only a few words before you need to take a breath.

2. You Consistently Repeat The Same Workout

Although it’s good to find a workout you love, and that shows results, to continue to build muscle, you need to sometimes switch it up, and Davidson recommends changing routines every four to six weeks. “Most people acclimate to a specific program in that time frame, and then eventually no longer respond to the workout,” says Davidson. “My advice is to dramatically change your workout every four weeks to constantly excite your body and demand change from it.”

3. Your Heart Rate Isn’t High

A high heart rate shows that you’re putting in your best effort. This mostly applies to cardio exercises since strength training only slightly raises your heart rate. Research shows that most folks overestimate their heart rate. So use a heart rate monitor when doing cardio. It’s worth noting that exercises that increase your heart rate lower your risk of Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

4. If You Don’t Feel Fatigued

Maybe the first sign that your workout was too easy is when you don’t sweat or feel fatigued. You make yourself follow the same routine, which makes your body adapt to it. You will be required to push your body to new limits so as to assist in metabolic spike and if you are not expending energy, you will not receive any benefits.

5. Your Muscules Never Ache

Walking is a great low-impact exercise but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t feel like a workout. A lack of muscle aches is a strong sign you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. Your goal is a light muscle ache. If you’re too sore to move the next day, you’ve overdone it and should scale back the intensity on your next walk. You don’t have to give up walking for running or another workout. Picking up the pace, increasing the distance or changing the terrain can all help fire up your muscles and increase the calorie burn.

6. You’re Scared of Intensity

With a new workout plan, it can be tempting to start with the least amount of intensity to avoid burnout. However, as we have mentioned many times already, the intensity level of your workout can make or break your chance of seeing results. Mayo Clinic says, “Your exercise intensity must generally be at a moderate or vigorous level for maximum benefit. For weight loss, the more intense or longer your activity, the more calories you burn.” All you have to do is add a couple more minutes to your cardio workout, and a pound or two to your weightlifting regimen.

7. You’re Bored

Taking rest for one or two days is normal. But if your workouts always have you bored to tears, it could be a sign that you’ve been doing the same thing for too long and you need a new challenge. Take this opportunity to re-evaluate your goals. “People need to ask themselves, ‘What do I want next?’” strength coach Erica Suter says – Are you chasing strength? Trying to lose weight? Do you simply want to feel a burn after your workout? Checking in with your goals will help you decide on the best way to challenge yourself. Once you’re feeling reinvigorated by your routine, you can start manipulating the variables of your workout — intensity, frequency, load — to continue making progress.

Sources & References:
www.webmd.com
www.bustle.com
www.care2.com
www.onlymyhealth.com
blog.myfitnesspal.com
www.cheatsheet.com
www.livestrong.com

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Photo by Curtis MacNewton on Unsplash Exercising is something that can’t be pushed aside and finding the proper balance between a fun and challenging workout is something everyone wants. In case you come home after a workout session and are not exhausted, it’s because your workout was just too easy. Well, it's time...
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