Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss
Since you started conquering your exercise routine, you’ll soon start to see results. Imagine that you look in the mirror to see that your stomach has become more toned. Then you hop on the scale, but, the number is the same as it was last time. Were your workouts not strenuous enough? Maybe you’re targeting the wrong places. Well, probably not. When you start working out consistently, muscle starts to build. So, it’s possible that while you may have lost five pounds of fat, it has been replaced with five pounds of muscle. Also, consider the non-visible effects. After a few weeks of working out, you have already reduced the risk for blood sugar levels. Is that a reason to throw out your scale all together? Of course not. Having SMART, measurable results is a great way to stay motivated and achieve your goals.
Working Out is Overwhelming
A body at rest, tends to stay at rest and a body in motion, generally stays in motion. At least that’s what Newton said. Yes, this actually pertains to physics, but it’s a great mindset when it comes to exercise. When you make the move to start exercising and stay consistent, it will keep getting easier and easier to workout. You will start to see the results such as feeling better and having more energy. Once, you start with one rest day that turns into two, or three, or ten, you are making it easier for your body to stay at rest and harder to see results. So, don’t give up! The longer you stick with your routine, the simpler it will be.
No Pain, No Gain
While it’s true that some pain is good for you when exercising, that is not entirely plausible. The pain you should be feeling comes from delayed onset muscle soreness, which tends to occur in the days after a heavy workout. That type of soreness is an indicator that you are building muscle. However, you should not be in pain during your workouts. Mild discomfort is okay. If you are pushing yourself to the limits where the pain is too intense, or you can’t handle it anymore, you are overdoing it. Continuing to work out with increased pain can lead to serious injuries or muscle burnout. Stay safe and workout smarter, not harder.
Stretching Avoids Injuries
A study on muscle performance published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggested that static stretching that lasts longer than one minute, can be derogatory towards your workout. Subsequently, another research study on stretching produced by the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation stated that static stretching can also result in a better range of motion, but reduced muscle strength. Static stretches are when you stretch while staying in place, such as touching your toes, reaching your arms out to each leg, or pulling up your ankle and balancing on one leg. A better way to stretch is to be more interactive. Warm ups such as quick jogs, walking lunges, high knees, or arm circles are great because they incorporate and introduce a higher range of motion to your muscles. Therefore, your muscles are ready to move and be flexible when you start exercising! Practice these dynamic stretches to start getting more out of your workouts and everyday activities.
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