5 Ways to Ensure a Good Workout
The easiest way to tell if your last workout was hard enough is to see how you feel a couple different times after the workout. If you’re sweating, a little sore, or breathing heavy, these are all good indications that you did what you needed to do in the gym. A little later after your workout when you can “feel” it getting up out of a chair or walking around the house; that’s probably a good sign, too! How about the next morning? A little stiff, a little tight, and sporting some muscle soreness? Perfect! These are all great indicators but keep a few things in mind to make sure you’re pushing yourself but not overdoing it.
Here are my five keys to keep your workouts at the right difficulty level:
1. Being a little sore is a great indicator but you shouldn’t be crippled the next day. Any trainer can totally wipe out a client and have them wreaked the next day, the key is to do just the right amount of “damage” and not too much!
2. Try new things in your workout. Keeping your routine anything but routine is a great way to find your weaknesses and see where you need to improve and get stronger.
3. Don’t buy in to the “No Pain, No Gain” idea. I never want to have a client in real pain the next day after a workout. I like when they experience some soreness or feel muscles they haven’t felt in a while but real genuine pain should not be part of the equation. Anything over a 3 on a scale of 1-10 is too high for my liking.
4. Break a sweat every single time. Your workout is almost certainly not doing you enough good if you are not getting your heart rate elevated and moving enough to start sweating. I’m not saying you need to look like you just jumped in a pool with your clothes on when your workout is over but we should see a few drops of sweat for sure.
5. Find your personal limit in a given area. Find an activity and see how far you can safely push it and mark your progress! Then in a few weeks try to beat that previous best and never settle for just OK! You can make sure your working “hard enough” if your keep pushing your personal limits and reach for those goals you’ve set.
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