Let us all be reminded that an important part of successfully carrying out the diet is including work-out in our regimen. To see dramatic results, a phase specific exercise is strongly advised and should always be paired to healthy diets. Exercise helps us to break and tear down the muscles, and use our body’s resources to repair them. Thus, burning our fats in the process and converting them into our energy fuel.
However, there are times that no matter how religious we are in exercising, it’s not working anymore. We’re not as energized and productive as before. We no longer feel the thrill of exercising.
Wondering why your exercise is no longer working? Here are the top four reasons behind it:
- You Sit all Day
Almost everyone of us has a sedentary work. Moreover, our schedules are usually tight-packed. It is almost impossible for us to follow the exercise routine. Studies show that sitting too much can be bad to our health and our waistlines, so how do we deal with over sitting?
Solution: Just like what we advised before, you can split your exercise into a 15 minute brisk walk before and after you go to the office. Aside from this, make it a hobby to increase your body movement. Do a frequent 3-5 minute break by standing or stretching your body. Another thing is to walk over your co-worker’s office instead of using the phone, or emailing when communicating with them. During your lunch break, you can use the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Take every opportunity to do body movement.
- Your Reward Your Body With Food
“I already burn a few pounds just from my recent Cardio exercise. It wouldn’t hurt to have a handful of snacks to eat, right?” Are you one of these people who ‘reward’ themselves to splurges to compensate their exercise? You may be eating more food and depositing more fats in the process than what you actually burning during exercise. Aside from that, these thoughts often triggers you into cheating and eating the wrong food.
Solution: You can eat food within 30 minutes after finishing your exercise, but remember, the keyword here is Moderation. Even when you’re eating phase-specific foods, keep it under control. Stick to your food portion. Our body is still exhausted and recovering from the workout it undergone, so take your food slowly, don’t overdo it. Fluids matter, too. Water is the best thirst and hunger quencher.
- You Skimp on Sleep
Sleeping early helps your body to repair and build your lean muscle. But if you’re depriving your body from sleep, it tends to suppress your hormone growth, making it harder to perform its task. Aside from that, sleep deprivation can alter our glucose metabolism, making it harder to bring out our best effort during our workouts.
Solution: Establish a consistent sleeping schedule. Remove any distractions that hinders your sleeping like tablets, TV’s, smart phones.
- Same Old Routine
Just like eating food, our body is highly adaptable in exercising. After weeks of doing the same set of exercise, our body adapts and the challenge is already gone, making our exercise no longer effective.
Solution: Just like what we suggest when you’ve hit a weight plateau, mix your exercise up! Try some variation! You can do swimming, intense walking, dancing as an alternative for Cardio activities. Pushups and Squats for Phase 2 or you can try different Yoga exercise like Sun Salutation or Shapeshifter Yoga. Be creative! Spice up your exercise so that your body will feel another thrill and challenge.
We all have so much things to do in life that we take exercising for granted. Exercising is one of the things we should incorporate to our lives to maintain a good weight and healthy body. Sooner or later, you will see the difference once exercise becomes a habit. Commit to it! If you’re lost again, just go back to this article and remind yourself, it will all be worth it.