Jamie Michelle participating in a triathlon, a great way to ensure you vary your exercise routine.
Many people tell me they exercise regularly but fail to get results. There are a number of reasons for that, but here are my top three! When I forget these three things I inevitably feel my body not responding the way I want it to! Keep these in mind as you plan you daily activities:
Stagnant routine: Your body is excellent at adapting. That means that the more you do a certain exercise the better the body becomes at it and the less it has to work. The best thing you can do is to change up your exercise routine on a regular basis. This is why runners, for example, don’t just train doing long runs. They do interval training, tempo training, they incorporate other activities such as Pilates and weight lifting allowing them to cross train. Make sure you keep your body guessing.
Lack of intensity: Any exercise is good. I’ll get that out of the way up front. However, mindful exercise is best. When you hit the gym and jump on the elliptical are you reading a magazine? If so you are likely not working to your full capacity. Plan to fully dedicate 30 minutes to an hour when you begin your workout. Focus without interruption. That means not a lot of chatting, no reading, checking email on your phone, or making to-do lists! Engage your muscles, think about your breathing and focus on working to your maximum capacity!
Over training: I get it, you’re excited and you want to get your entire weeks work out complete in one day. It doesn’t work like that. Exercise is similar sleep; it needs to be consistent and regular. If you don’t work out for five days don’t expect to put in 2.5 hours at the gym and make-up for lost time. You’ll fatigue your body and then the following days you won’t work to your capacity. Aim to exercise on a regular basis, taking the occasional day off to allow the body to recover.
Focusing on these things will help you get results. If you are stuck, find someone who is very fit and ask them what they do. It doesn’t have to be a trainer and exercise professional (although these individuals have a wealth of knowledge). It might be your neighbor, a friend, a family member. Pay attention to how other fit people approach exercise. In many cases you’ll learn some hints that might help.
Bio: Kim Miller is a writer, lifestyle consultant, runner and mom. She believes that life is about being real and sharing her story in the hope that people don’t feel alone. She wants her passions and actions to inspire other to achieve their own. She believes strongly in the concepts of empowerment, community, mindfulness and genuineness, and strives to make her blog reflect those principles. Her website is http://www.kimmillerstyle.com