When you first started working out, you probably thought about staying in the gym for as long as possible, until your muscles wore out and until you couldn’t possibly move anymore. That burning feeling probably gave you a great sense of accomplishment and you most likely went home with a big smile on your face.
However, come the next session, you probably didn’t work as hard and it wouldn’t be surprising if you even left the gym earlier. This probably continued for a couple of weeks until your gym membership expired and you couldn’t be bothered to renew it, you started eating junk food instead of prepping your meals and you probably started taking the elevator instead of the stairs again.
Don’t Set High Expectations
You should never set your expectations too high. Don’t expect to sustain wearing out your body every day for a week. Don’t expect to jump from 6 reps to 10 within just a few days. Fitness is all about sustainability and setting goals that are within your reach. If you make drastic changes to your lifestyle, then your body won’t be able to cope and you’ll just sink back into old habits before you know it.
Instead of setting high expectations, keep them low. Tell yourself that you’ll start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and set that as your goal. If you do that in addition to working out 3 days a week and changing your diet, those are too many drastic changes for your body to cope with. If you don’t have the mental fortitude to cope with those changes (not many people do) then you’re ultimately going to sink back into old habits. Don’t burn yourself out, take it easy, and set realistic goals for yourself.
Always Seek Help
It doesn’t matter if you work out in a group of friends or on your own, you always need a second opinion to help you decide if what you’re doing is right or wrong. Services like Marc Dressen Personal Training are fantastic examples of help. A personal trainer will be able to keep you on track, recording your progress and setting goals for you that can be attained. They are professionals that know all about working out, weight loss and health, meaning they have the authority to tell you if you’re doing something wrong or right.
Your gym buddy (if you don’t have one, you should find one!) will also be able to tell you if you’re working too hard. A gym buddy can also make working out a bit more fun and friendly, since going together with someone you know is a lot more relaxing and entertaining than going alone. You’ll always have someone to compare yourself to, and you can help moderate each other’s workout routines so that you’re not pushing yourselves too hard.
Burning yourself out is a big no-no. Not only will you quickly slump back into old habits, you’ll also fail to maintain your goals and ultimately waste your time and effort. Start slow, stay slow, and keep it steady so that you’re not overexerting yourself.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.