As YourHealthyChicks, we try to make fitness a priority in our day-to-day life. But along with everyone else, it can be hard some days to get moving! We all make those new year resolutions to get back into shape or try to lose those few extra pounds, but do we ever really stop to this how we are going to keep them? Now that spring is here are we still that “dedicated and committed exerciser” we claimed to become at the beginning of January?
We recently read that the average exerciser will plateau after six months of committed exercise. Workouts are not challenging anymore, people get bored, don’t have time…..the list could go on.
According to the book “Star Quality – The Red Carpet Workout for the Celebrity Body of Your Dreams” (Rob Parr & Laurel House), we are taking the “work” out of “workout”. Although we did find the title of this book assuming, the authors had a few good points. After a few months, our workouts are not challenging anymore for our bodies. If we do many repetitive movements over and over again, our muscles learn to expect this movement, they become trained, and the workout becomes too easy for us. So instead of doing 100 crunches a day, find new ways to engage your abs and strength your core. Instead of walking 30 minutes everyday, walk for 20 minutes and jog for 10. By adding “work” into your “workout” you challenge your body and you will be able to create and maintain muscle strength and change.
Remember:Commitment - What is it going to take you to commitment to an exercise program? A partner, taking classes? Consistency - Make a routine and stick to it everyday. The more you do it, the more it becomes habit. Consciousness - Pay attention and be aware of your workout. Be in tune with how you feel during your workout and after your workout.
What are other ways you can add “work” into your workout?Carolyn & Katie **You can also find this post featured on Don’t Eat Crap!