People who workout, do so to get results. While there may be some people who go to the gym as a pastime or for social reasons, most people want to look and feel better. Just sitting on an exercise bike pedaling lightly as though you’re making a short ride through the park won’t get you where you want to be if results are what you’re hoping to achieve. It takes work and consistency to get results. One hard workout a month is definitely not enough to give you the endurance or strength that most people want from their exercise program.
A good workout pushes your heart rate and tests your cardiovascular system.
Yes, any exercise is far better than no exercise at all, but not all workouts are equal. When you push your muscles to do things you haven’t achieved, you’ll get far more results than doing an easy workout you’re comfortable doing. If your heartrate isn’t increased when you’re working out, you won’t get the cardiovascular benefits that provide you with more endurance. Go for the gusto to see results. Challenge yourself with weightlifting and cardio that pushes your heartrate.
There’s a reason that sayings and clichés are so popular. They’re true.
Use it or lose it. If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you. Train insane or remain the same. In order to change you have to do something different. These are all things you may hear in the gym and they’re all true. Exercise and working out hard has been known to be important throughout history. Plato wrote, “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” In order to achieve what you want physically, you have to push yourself. If you’re looking for more modern philosophy about exercise, try a quote from Cher, ” Fitness — if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.”
Be honest about your effort and true to your goals for results.
If you’re not seeing the results you want, you need to ask yourself whether you’re working as hard as you should be. You need to take a look at your diet, since you can’t out-exercise a poor diet and it’s necessary for the building blocks to a healthy body. Can you honestly say you’ve stuck with your workout schedule and are doing all the things right, including getting adequate sleep.
- It takes more than just working out and eating healthy to be fit. You have to watch what you drink. Get lots of hydration from water and cut out the alcohol and soft drinks.
- If you’re trying to shed pounds, start building discipline muscle and push yourself away from the table, unless the table is packed with whole foods that are healthy for you.
- Every week try to do a little more than you could do the week earlier. If you’re lifting weights, lift to failure. If you’re jumping rope, push yourself to go a little faster.
- There are no pills or supplements that substitute for consistent effort, a healthy diet and hard work.