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8 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn't Working

Sneaky Reasons Why You're Not Getting Results

By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Yes, you can actually work out too hard and too much If you're someone who goes all out in every workout, or rarely to never takes a day off to rest, you could actually be breaking your muscles down instead of building them If you always feel tired and sore, have unexplained headaches, insomnia or just a general lack of motivation and an inability to complete your workouts, you may be overtraining Get-Results Remedy: Take three to five days off of exercise altogether It may be hard for you to do this, but know that you must allow your body the time it needs to rest and recover Get plenty of sleep each night and fill up on nutritious foods Then slowly ease back into your routine, making shorter, less intense workouts part of your workout plan And remember to always take one to two rest or easy active recovery days a week!

3 You haven't changed your diet

Do you allow yourself to have that extra piece of pizza or order that dessert when dining out because you "went to the gym" earlier? If so, you may be undoing all of that good calorie-burning with too many treats Get-Results Remedy: Familiarize yourself with the calorie contents of your favorite foods—and find out how many calories you're really burning through exercise (SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker will help you learn!) Remember that while you may have run 3 miles at the gym, that only burned 300 calories, which isn't nearly equivalent to the calorie count in that brownie sundae you ate later Focus on how good exercise makes you feel rather than what it allows you to eat after; and choose foods that fuel your workouts, rather than the other way around 6 You're doing too much too soon

7 You're trading sleep for workouts

Sure, you work out regularly, but what you do the rest of the day matters, too! If you put in a solid exercise session only to sit at a desk all day and lounge in a recliner watching TV at night, you may be undoing all of your hard work at the gym Plus, there are a number of new studies that say too much sitting can be bad for our health and our waistlines—even if you exercise during the day Get-Results Remedy: Try to work more activity into all areas of your life by going for a walk after dinner, choosing to stand whenever possible, taking the stairs, parking your car further away and replacing your TV time for more active relaxation (like playing with your dog) Also, if your job requires you to sit in front of a computer all day, set a timer to beep every half hour or hour to remind you to stand up, stretch and do a quick lap around the office

If you're not seeing the results you want, you may be guilty of more than one of the mistakes above Follow these tips to feel better, have more energy and get the workout results you want and deserve!

Article created on: 5/31/2011

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About The Author

Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirlscom, FitBottomedMamascom and FitBottomedEatscom A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014)

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