One of the things I have learned since working out with groups, personal trainers and coaches is the “E” word – EFFORT.
**Warning** This post may sound a bit like a rant like one of my other posts about putting down those light weights but if I didn’t love you enough to tell the truth then there is no need to having this platform. I use this platform to share what I know with others so you have information to research for yourself. Ok here goes – I meet ladies all the time who complain they have been working out for months on the elliptical, treadmill, etc. yet have not seen any changes in their body or results. I am willing to bet, assuming they are following a clean eating diet, that they are slacking on the amount of effort they put out at the gym.
Who wants to spend 1 hour or more at the gym to not break a sweat which is our body’s wait of letting us know it is overheating and need to cool down from our activity? Why be afraid to sweat at the gym? That’s what it’s for and no one else will be offended because typically everyone is sweating.
My favorite saying “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you” and the reason that is my favorite mantra is because if you aren’t willing to put in the work and sweat you won’t get the results you are seeking. If you can’t run and must walk on the treadmill crank up the incline to get that heart rate up. Go from 0 to 5 to 10 in 10 minutes (increasing by 1 every minute) and then back down just to crank it right back up to 15 next time.
If you are lifting weights, unless you have a serious condition diagnosed by your physician, 2 lb weights just aren’t going to cut it even while being held walking around the neighborhood. My 6 year old can tout around a 2 lb weight. Unless you just want slightly more weight than your body weight what’s the point?
If you are doing push ups stop defaulting doing them on your knees. Put forth some more effort and get up on those toes and try a few reps in the standard position (you might surprise yourself). I don’t know about you but “E” could also stand for EFFICIENT meaning I want to get the most results (a slimmer, toned summer body) with the least amount of input so going heavy it is for me and something you consider as well.
How much effort have you put forth lately with your workouts?
How have you challenged yourself recently in the gym?