Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How can you tell if your workout is challenging?

What indicators are there to let you know if you are benefiting from YOUR workout plan?

 

 1. Did I break a sweat (or at least get really warm)? The sweat test tells you if you’re revving up your body’s metabolism and pushing it to do more than it’s used to doing. You don’t need to be dripping in perspiration (in fact, this is likely a sign that you’re working way too hard, unless you’re doing hot yoga!). Some people tell me that they just don’t sweat. What I’ve found is that some people sweat a bit less than others, but the amount of sweat is almost always directly related to the intensity of the workout.

2. Did it feel challenging and fun? When you find an activity you enjoy and you exercise “hard, but not too hard,” you finish with a sense of accomplishment and look forward to doing it again. If you have trouble pacing yourself, try an instructor-led exercise class (that matches your fitness level, of course) where the instructor sets the intensity. If you’re into gadgets, set a heart rate monitor to beep if your heart rate gets too high or too low.

3. Do I feel energized now that I’ve finished? By the time you’ve stretched, cooled down, showered and had some water, you should feel fantastic and be walking with a spring in your step. If you feel exhausted and are calculating how you can squeeze a nap into your agenda, you’ve driven yourself too hard!

Need help finding a good workout for YOU? Message me and I can help!

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