When you’re following a weight loss plan, you want to see progress. And at first, you do. But after a while, you might notice that your weigh-ins become less exciting, and you’re no longer on track to reach your goals. What happened?
Assuming you’re sticking to your eating plan, your workout might be to blame. As you get into better shape, watch for these signs that your workouts have become too easy.
You can easily carry a conversation. If you’re chatting up a friend the entire time you’re exercising, you probably aren’t working hard enough. Don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion, but during the peak of your workout you should be breathing hard enough that talking is a tad uncomfortable.
You’re never sore. We definitely don’t want to you to end up with debilitating pain (and you should stop exercising and see a doctor if you do feel severe pain). But if you never feel even a bit sore the day after a workout, you’re probably not working your muscles quite hard enough.
You haven’t switched up your walking route lately. After some time, your body becomes comfortable with the same workout. Switch up your walking route so that you continually challenge yourself (and burn more calories).
You’re walking the same distance as when you first started. Over time, getting into better shape means that you can walk (or bike, swim, or jog) a longer distance in the same amount of time. If your distance hasn’t changed, you aren’t challenging yourself enough.
You feel bored. This is a sure sign your workout is too easy! Challenge yourself to do more or work out harder.
You’re still not sleeping well. A well-exercised body is a tired body that sleeps all night. If you don’t fall asleep well and stay asleep for seven to eight hours, you probably need to increase the intensity of your workouts.
And of course, you might just “know” that your workouts aren’t difficult enough. Schedule an appointment to discuss your workout and weight loss plan, and we can help you decide if you need to bump up the difficulty level of your exercise sessions.