You’ve been spending several hours at the gym per week, liftinging weights and sweating as much as a boxer in the ring but the weight on the scale still hasn’t budged! Frustrating right? Well, here’s an update, you aren’t the only one. Many people, just like you, go through this same rut and end up giving up on their fitness routine. However, even if you are the one that doesn’t give up easy, you need to check whether your fitness regime isn’t missing the right drivers. Most gym enthusiasts sweat profusely but are unaware of certain steps that their routines are missing. Today, we have decoded the reasons for the “no-Budge” on the scale:
- Your routine lacks intensity: Many people stick to the same monotonous routine and think that as long as their body is moving, they are going to lose weight. Not the case! If your workout routine does not challenge you every day and the intensity is not at the level it needs to be, it’s as good as not working out!
Pro tip: Try a High Intensity Training program (HIT) between your daily gym routine.
- Overestimating the caloric estimation: You run on that treadmill and the machine shows that you have burned 500 calories. Many people mistake this as the accurate judgment of their calorie burn. But don’t be fooled! In reality, you might have burned only 250 calories. So, pump it up!
Pro Tip: Divide your runs into 30 minute reps, twice a day.
- Not changing the workout program: When one does the same routine time and again, your body has no reason to change. You might lose weight/inches initially, but after a point it is just of no use! Make sure to mix it up periodically.
Pro tip: Add a run in between that heavy lifting day and change your routine every 6-8 weeks.
- Doing too much a little too soon: In addition to injuring yourself, if you jump into an exercise program too soon, you can become overly sore. Being sore isn’t bad; it’s actually your body’s way of telling you that it’s building muscle. But working out too hard, especially early on, can have a detrimental effect on your motivation. Another symptom of over training is fatigue. If you workout hard in the morning and makes you tired for the rest of the day, that workout has no use!
Pro tip: start with simple workouts and increase the intensity every month.
So, make sure to eat clean and pacing out your workout along with challenging yourself every now and then!