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4 Reasons Why Your Workouts Aren’t Working

4 Reasons Why Your Workouts Aren’t Working

You’ve been working out for months and yet, when you step on a scale—the numbers looking back at you are not the ones you wanted them to be! You look into the mirror but you still don’t see the type of body you have been working tirelessly for. Needless to say, your workout is simply not working out.

In all honesty, this scenario is not something new. It is quite common for some people who spend time at the gym to actually experience this.

While there is no universal or specific solution to this dilemma, the culprit of your problem may be one of the things listed below. Find out which one it may be and see if you can make a slight change to see the major change you’ve been longing for.

1. You’re not working out enough.

Sure, you are working out. But you might only be working out twice a month or as much as once a week!

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And you wonder why things aren’t changing? Obviously, you are not working out enough. Or maybe you are working out frequently but with the same intensity again and again without ever changing your workout routine.

That’s also not going to work!

To be able to see changes in your body, it needs to be challenged from time to time. Perhaps, you’ve even been working out consistently but not challenging yourself enough to deliver the right results.

If you are new to working out, you may want to work out 3-4 times a week, which is 3-4 hours of physical exercise per week, if you really want to see some evident results. And to avoid getting used to your usual workouts, it is best to change your workout routine as well as its intensity from time to time.

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2. You’re working out too much.

Quite the opposite of those who don’t work out enough are those who spend way too much time in the gym.

Yes, there is such thing as over-working-out.

If you are the type of person who works out so much that your calendar has no room for rest days—this might be the problem. A common misconception is that if you work out super hard, you’re going to see your expected results quickly. But this may not be the case since working out too hard might just be straining and breaking your muscles instead of actually building them. Adding a power shake to your post-workout routine will help your body recover and get recharged for your next session. There are also many proven vitamins and supplements that you can look into that are sure to accelerate muscle renewal. Never forget to rest because resting also means gaining the strength you need in order to survive the rest of your routines.

3. Your workout routine is wrong.

The idea of “working out” may already be enough for you. But in reality, there are certain routines that have a lot more of an impact than others. This is an important aspect to consider if you really want to see results.

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Understandably, your workout routine should be in accordance with the results you want to achieve. If you’re lifting, make sure you’re lifting the right weights.

Want to bulk up? Add more weight.

This may require you to talk to a workout routine expert to find out which exercises are best for you. It is also important to change up your routine from time to time.  There are a lot of fun and unique ways to switch up your workout routine. Drop the weights and get moving with a Zumba class or try indoor biking, the options to break a sweat in the gym are plentiful.

4. Your diet is wrong.

People can work out for days and still not see changes if they are eating the wrong foods. If you are trying to lose weight, working out will never be enough. A change in your diet must be done—that is, eating more natural and whole foods while avoiding the junk. Fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and increasing protein intake will definitely aid your workout. You should also avoid overeating. More so, you should not be rewarding yourself with a heavy meal after every workout.

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It’s also best if you divide your food into smaller portions throughout the day. That being said, snacking will help you avoid overeating during meals.

Don’t worry if you aren’t seeing major changes yet—it’s never too late. You can always adjust your routines and diet in order to see what’s best for your body. Remember, getting fit is not something you can just do in a snap of a finger, it takes a lot of planning, scheduling and dieting. And if you do some tweaking in the things mentioned above, your workout will, most likely, finally work for you.

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Last Updated on February 6, 2020

10 Simple Morning Exercises to Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises to Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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