Why your workouts need to be challenging
Everyone knows how important exercise & movement is for our health and body. Many of us have high standards when it comes to seeing results. Whether our goal is to shed pounds or to simply see a “6 pack”. The reality is we usually try to find the easiest and quickest way to achieve these results.
Did you know that the average gym goer will not make it past the 5 month mark?
80 percent of those who join a gym in January, quit before May!
Many admit that they give up due to poor time management and not seeing the results they were expecting.
The main reason why many do not see results is due to not challenging themselves enough; in other words “plateauing”. What is plateauing you ask? This is when you have reached a point in your training where there is no progress. I constantly remind my clients that change happens when we challenge our bodies. Whether it means lifting heavier weight or changing your cardio regime from a steady state cardio to interval training (which I will chat about in the next blog), our bodies are smart and adapt to the stresses (exercise) placed on them. Challenging your body is an effective way to see the results you want: gaining muscle, becoming stronger or leaning out. Once your body starts to feel comfortable working at a specific intensity, it may be a good time to switch up your training regime. At this point, we can apply the “Overload Principle”
The “Overload Principle” means that a greater than normal stress or load on the body is required for training adaptation to take place. Once the body has adapted then a different stimulus is required to continue the change. (AboutHealth – Elizabeth Quinn)