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How do I know that I am training enough?

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It can be discouraging when you are heading to the gym regularly yet do not see the results that you wanted. Hence, it feels as if everything you are doing is futile.

But why?

Is it because you are not working out as you should be doing to reach your desired goals or perhaps you are working too hard but in the wrong direction. There is a misconception that the more you exercise, the better it is. However, that’s not true! Despite what your goals are a quality workout doesn’t have to stretch for hours and hours long at all. Exercising between 3 to 4 times per week and achieving your targeted heart rate means that you are on the right track.

How do you know you’re training enough?

The answer is simple. If you follow your exercise routine, pursue an overall healthy lifestyle, and have your metabolism functioning well, then it is very likely that you are exercising enough. There are also several other ways to determine if your exercise routine is adequate.

Everyone’s workout routine and lifestyle is different. Therefore, getting the results at a different pace doesn’t mean your fitness journey isn’t a good one. We have listed several signals that can show that you are doing the right thing.

Signs that you are exercising enough

You regularly do cardio walking or aerobic exercises for your large muscles. This with the aim of making your heart and lungs work efficiently. After all, your heart is a muscle and 30 minutes of good cardio exercises makes your heart stronger and more efficient.

Fortunately, you don’t always need a treadmill for cardio. You can enjoy a walk with your pet or do your daily activities and still get the required amount of cardio effectively. If you already do, keep it up!

You reach your target

Even if you feel like you’re not exercising enough, think about the amount of time you exercise. Stable, low-intensity workouts, such as power walking or jogging, can be calculated based on their time. Exaggerating the amount of training is not effective, but it is beneficial to reach your target.

You feel more energized and more rejuvenated

Regular exercise will increase your energy levels and improve the overall quality of your life. Your metabolism performs well, you sleep better and wake up refreshed. In addition, consistent training helps to improve your immunity, further leading to less stress and more resistance to disease.

If you enjoy such benefits regardless of other factors to worry about, then it certainly indicates that you are exercising as much as your body needs.

You support your training routine with a healthy lifestyle

A smarter exercise routine is often followed by a healthy lifestyle. True fitness enthusiasts opt for a healthier lifestyle. This may be due to preset fitness goals or physical needs. Whatever the goal, an exercise routine results in improved lifestyle choices. You tend to abstain from certain foods and unhealthy habits, such as smoking or drinking alcohol.

You become accustomed to adopting a healthy routine, feel more energized and optimistic, and inevitably make wise choices. This indicates that your exercise routine adequately supports your physical and mental well-being.

You have a flexible and varied training regime

When your regular exercise routine becomes easy and encourages you to change the intensity and type of exercise, you’re probably taking a healthy approach.

By regularly increasing the intensity of your sessions, you add value to your routine. This shows that you are moving more than is strictly necessary. When your body is flexible enough to easily adapt to changes in your training, you’re definitely on the right track. 

Your metabolism is working well

A good training certainly does not guarantee results within a few days. However, you can see that having a good exercise routine can improve your metabolism. Positive physical changes resulting from an increased rate of metabolism is yet another healthy sign. Getting enough exercise includes signs such as losing calories and fat faster and gaining muscle, improved appetite and regular bowel movements. These may seem like minor changes, but are actually more significant. Therefore, keep careful track of your exercise routine.

You achieve your goals

This is the easiest way to know if you are exercising enough according to your physical needs. You should always keep up with your routine and how to achieve your goals. Increase in weight, intensity, reps, strength, flexibility, speed or distance means you are constantly reaching your goals and making progress.

It’s normal for people who set fitness goals to be excited at first and then lose momentum when they don’t see immediate results in their bodies. When you set up an exercise routine every week or month that is an improvement over your previous goals and your body always recovers within 24 to 48 hours, it shows that your exercise routine is good for you.

With the Healthy Lifestyle Monitor from LIFESTYLE MONITORS you get daily feedback on what training does to you, both on a physical and psychological level. This way you avoid overloading or putting too much stress on yourself.