There are few things in life better than the decision to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. After all, you’re able to take control of your body and your life and you have something exciting to aim for into the future. Of course, pretty much everyone is aware that the new road you’re going down is likely to be long and involve a whole lot of hard work. This is one of the main reasons why a lot of people find themselves giving up on their attempts at a healthier lifestyle. They end up working hard and when they don’t see immediate results they give up. But if you’re looking for instant results then you’re in for a rude awakening. If you want to get in shape, it’s going to take time and effort and that’s all there is to it. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do to make your workout more or less effective. The lack of results that you’re seeing might come down to the fact that you could just be working out in the wrong way. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do to make sure that you’re always getting the most out of your workout.
Pick the right routine
One of the most common mistakes that a lot of people make when they first start working out is that they fail to understand just how different two people’s bodies can be. Because of the fact that no two people’s bodies are the same, no two people are going to respond to a workout routine in the same way. If you’re trying to force yourself to carry on with a workout that is either wrong for your ability level, wrong for your body type, or wrong for the results that you want to achieve, you’re just going to end up getting frustrated. If you’re not doing a routine that’s right for you it won’t matter how many reps, leg curls, or miles on the treadmill you clock up. Instead, try to find a workout routine that works for your body type and your goals. Often the best way to find out the right routine for you is to talk to a professional who can guide you in the right direction.
Get the right gear
Now, when it comes to finding the right gear for your workout, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend the most money possible. Sure, you get what you pay for a lot of the time when it comes to exercise gear but the truth is that just because the gear you have is fancy and expensive doesn’t mean that it’s going to make all that much of a difference to your workout. Instead, your focus should be on making sure that your gear lets you stay comfortable and supported. Different workouts may require different kinds of support from your gear and clothes so that’s something that you should always keep in mind as much as possible. Weightlifting shoes and running shoes are designed in totally different ways to provide specific kinds of support and you should always make sure your gear is right for your workout.
One of the most common mistakes that even the most seasoned gym-goers seem to make is that they assume that if they want to see the best possible results then there is nothing better than heading to the gym every single day. However, not only is that not the best way to work out, it could actually be ruining your results. As counter-intuitive as it might sound, you don’t actually develop muscle while you work out. You develop that muscle during your periods of rest after your workout. That means that taking days off to rest is essential to actually get results. Not only that but if you’re pushing yourself non stop then you run a serious risk of injuring yourself because you’re putting constant strain on your body without giving yourself any chance to recover.
Don’t push yourself too far
The phrase “no pain, no gain” is one of the most common things you will hear when working out. Some gyms even have it plastered on the walls in giant letters. However, the truth is that it’s actually a lie. Sure, your workout should take effort, there’s no doubt about that. It should be an effort and you should have to work hard during your workout. But if you’re actually in pain either during or after your workout, that means that something is wrong. Sure, it’s good to push yourself and try to get past your limitations, but there’s a big difference between doing that safely and going too far and putting your body in genuine danger. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong and you need to change what you’re doing. If your workout is hurting you then you need to stop and make some adjustments.
Focus on form
This is a trap that a lot of people can fall into, even those who have been working out multiple times a week for years. It might seem like time and effort are the only things you really need to worry about when it comes to your workout but the truth is that your form can make just as much of a difference. If your form is wrong then it really won’t matter how much time and effort you’re putting in. If your form is wrong then you could end up putting the focus on the wrong muscles or even failing to correctly work out any muscles at all. Even worse than that, if your form is wrong then you could well end up putting a whole lot of strain on the wrong muscles that can lead to a serious injury if you’re not extremely careful. Rather than focusing on things like how much weight you can put on the bar or how many reps you can, make sure that you’re making your form a major priority. If you don’t know how to get your form right, a personal trainer can be a great help.
Work out with someone else
One of the biggest issues when it comes to working out is that it’s hard to get the motivation to really push yourself when you’re on your own. The simple solution: work out with someone else! That way, you have someone who can push you and keep you motivated. Not only that but it’s a whole lot harder to make excuses to someone else than it is to yourself. You might be able to justify giving up before you hit your goal number of reps or time spent on your cardio, but if you’re with someone else, you’ve got someone who can keep pushing you even when you would have been more likely to just pack it all in when things got tough. Not only that but working out with someone else can just make the whole experience much more fun.
The most important thing to remember is that these pieces of advice can help you to get more out of your workout and see better results, but they’re not shortcuts. The reality of working out, as well as any steps towards a healthier lifestyle, is that there truly is no substitute for hard work and perseverance even when things get tough. If someone tries to offer you a workout solution that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it probably is.