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8 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn't Working

Sneaky Reasons Why You're Not Getting Results

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We all know how fantastic working out is for your health. But what happens when your workouts aren't delivering the results you want? Or you're not getting the results you think you should be getting? While any kind of physical activity is good, some workout plans are better than others and—as you might suspect—a lot of other factors come into play when trying to lose weight and tone up. So if your workout isn't working for you, one of the following eight reasons could be to blame. Find out how to turn that around and get the results you deserve!

1. You're not working hard enough.
If you have been exercising consistently for several weeks, months or years, it's definitely time to increase the intensity and start pushing yourself. As you work out more and more, your body adapts and becomes more efficient at doing that certain activity. This means that over time, the 30-minute workout that was challenging for you three months ago doesn't provide the same results. In fact, you're actually burning fewer calories and your body is no longer changing if you're still doing the same old thing.
Get-Results Remedy: In order to get results from exercise, you have to regularly push yourself beyond your fitness comfort zone. Whether you increase the frequency, intensity, or duration of your workouts, you have to switch it up. Not sure where to start? Try adding an extra day of cardio onto your routine, testing out a new group exercise class at the gym, adding another loop around your walking track, or bumping up the incline and speed on the treadmill. Remember, when it comes to exercise, change is good—and that change should be challenging!
2. You're working too hard.
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!
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. 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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Member Comments

  • Good stuff, learned a lot thanks for posting this :) - 1/11/2014 4:00:59 AM
  • Ugh! - 12/12/2013 6:49:55 PM
  • I loved the information especially the part about sitting all day. Well that is my job. I am a receptionist and I sit all day. I get one break a day and that is the hour that I get for lunch. What I need to do is eat and then find me an empty office so that I can work out, which is hard since there are areas of the building that are off limits. I have been teasingly asking the finance team if they can put a treadmill or something in the budget for next year. I get told that is a good ideal but I would really like to see it happen.
    I do get out when the weather changes though but right now I am stuck just sitting during the day. One thing in my defense is that I do stay active until its time for me to go to bed. I am somewhat new to the exercise routine but now I am taking it seriously and want to do the best I can to get results. - 12/12/2013 3:30:20 PM
  • This was a very helpful article, which I really needed to read! Thanks for all the great information and tips! - 12/12/2013 12:07:12 PM
  • I agree that swapping sleep with exercise is my biggest curse. Starting today, naps are a no-no. When tired during the day I will force myself to go for a walk, jump rope or lift weights. - 11/3/2013 12:42:06 PM
  • Thanks for all the info. - 7/16/2013 7:44:00 AM
  • ok from that my 2 mistakes I would say :
    - I don't try hard enough
    - I haven't cahnged my diet.. my diet is especially challenging ! I am eating much less than before but I beleive in a wrong way !! I am skippind dinner and my eating time is not fixed.. thanks for my long working hours and exhustion that leave you with only desire to sleep.. and when it is time to eat , you try to grap any thing and just fill up .. what a miss?? any help??!! - 7/13/2013 1:52:26 PM
  • Great article. I am saving this article. - 7/12/2013 9:34:27 PM
  • I like the idea of setting a timer every half an hour to get up and walk around the office. I will definitely start doing that, I sit in front of a computer all day. Besides, even just a little walking should boost my energy level during the day. - 7/12/2013 8:37:23 AM
  • Okay...so the article says sleep is more important than exercise. I have always wondered about that. I get my exercise in almost every day but sleeping...that is definitely a work in progress. - 7/7/2013 2:39:24 PM
  • Not getting enough sleep is an issue for me. I will try some of these changes and see if I can have better results! - 6/25/2013 9:10:27 AM
  • not getting enough sleep is undoubtedly my biggest hurdle to overcome. - 6/3/2013 7:57:26 PM
  • I think rest and eating are the two biggest issues which cause us to plateau. when I dont get enough rest and/or I don't eat enough..I can't function! - 4/17/2013 3:22:56 PM
  • LUNAESTRELLA
    very helpful info... Thanx! - 4/4/2013 4:00:34 PM
  • #9 is you're not using a heart rate monitor or watch. ;-) - 4/2/2013 11:17:09 AM
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