Gym memberships are expensive and so it is important that you are getting your money’s worth. Many people buy gym memberships and find that they see no changes to their body after working out for a few months. However, this is usually because they are making very simple mistakes that, when altered, can really be a game-changer when it comes to getting in shape. Whether you just bought a membership and want to avoid making mistakes, to get yourself on a good run from the beginning, or you have found yourself without the results you were hoping for after a while of working out, ask yourself honestly if you do any of the following.
- Socializing more than exercising
Although you may feel like you are putting hours into the gym, trying to chat up the hot girl on the treadmill is not the way to go about it. If you are just walking around with a towel slung over your shoulders, eyeballing the other gym-goers, you can hardly expect to get biceps like Batman. When you go into the gym, try to record the exact times you pick up equipment and put it down. This will show you the reality of how much time you are physically working and how much time you are wasting.
- Intensity is too low
Studies have shown clear links between the intensity of workouts and fat burning. By upping the intensity of your workout, say running a little faster or uphill on the treadmill, or lifting slightly heavier weights, this helps the heart to pump faster and harder. This will get the blood around the body, oxygenating, increasing metabolism and helping all the organs to function more effectively. This not only helps in the gym but when you leave, you’ll experience after-burn effects that keep burning fat.
- Believing the machines
The calorie numbers on the machines are a rough estimate. Calorie burn is related to body mass index, the intensity, frequency, and time you spend working out, body stress, illness, etc. There are so many things involved in calorie expenditure and the issue is that people often see the numbers on the machines and find themselves believing they have lost that much. However, this is rarely the case, so you are likely leaving the machine before you have lost as much as you think.
- Sticking to the same routine
The human body is an incredible machine that learns and adapts. When you repeat the same routine over and over, the body learns to compensate for this, which causes it no extra stress. Changes in the body come from extra stress, allowing the body to adapt to them, by losing weight or by getting bigger muscles. This means that you need to switch up your workouts so that other parts of the body build too (it’s no use having strong abs and a weak back), and your body can feel the stress that helps to make the changes.
- Just not seeing results
You may want to lose weight on your stomach, but the body doesn’t work like that. You may have lost weight on your bum or your hips and you don’t notice because you are worried about the belly. You must stick to a healthy, varied training program and eventually you will lose weight everywhere.
Understanding the mistakes you are making helps you to correct them so that your workout really benefits you. Be honest with yourself and don’t be afraid to ask a trainer for help or to enhance your weight loss with a supplement like ‘LipoGenix Elite’.