How is your exercise programme working for you?
Sure, you’re ticking all the boxes: You’re on the treadmill several times a week, you drink the recommended amount of water ever day and you avoid the worst of the food offenders. So why don’t you have Madonna biceps and Angelina legs?
Niamh McGuirk-Lubbe, National Product Manager at Planet Fitness, shares a few basics with us that may in fact be hampering your weight and fitness goals. “There are many misconceptions when it comes to exercise and fitness — and many of them have to do with balancing a rounded exercise routine with the correct nutrition,” she says.
“Without a balanced combination of these two elements, it can sometimes be hard to achieve your goals. Some people find it easy to integrate a workout into their lives, but are thrown completely when it comes to a healthy diet, or the other way around,” she adds.
If you’re not seeing the results you’re aiming for, one of these reasons may be the culprit.
1. Your workout isn’t balanced
Variety in your workout is the key to a stronger body. Your weekly exercise schedule should have a good balance of:
- Cardio, like running
- Weight training
- Core exercise — try this 6 week ab program to strengthen your core
- Stretch movement
Sticking to the same exercises each day or week will eventually stop challenging your body to work harder, and you’ll plateau. Sometimes it’s all about the habits you adopt, so try and work towards healthy ones. Here are 7 habits to keep you slim for good.
2. Your workout is making you eat too much
Many people reward themselves with food following an intense workout. Equating a morning run with a slice of chocolate cake in the afternoon is a damaging trend to adopt and one that will lead to weight gain instead of weight loss.
Make your workout count by following a healthy eating plan that complements your movement schedule.
3. You haven’t changed your diet
If you’re starting to up your exercise with the intention of getting toned or losing a few centimetres, it’s imperative that you re-look at your nutrition. Planning a diet with the appropriate number of calories for weight management will make all the difference.
4. You’re not getting enough sleep
Sleep is a critical factor when it comes to exercise. Too little sleep affects many hormones, including those that influence cravings and the tendency to gain weight. If you’re constantly tired, then you’ll easily lose the motivation required for a good workout and remain unfocused during your exercise time, leading to poor results. Rest up with these 6 tips to help you get a better night’s sleep.