Every day you bound into the gym and tackle your workout with zest. You love this! Oh no? Yeah, we feel the same way.
Maybe you feel like a spandex-clad slug once in a while—or it’s becoming more and more common.
Don’t just drag yourself to the gym and hope something has changed, though. Here’s how to ID the problem—and make the tweaks that will leave you feeling energetic (and pumped to sweat) again.
1. You're not finishing it right. Do you end spin by hopping off the bike and heading to the locker room? Stop your lifting session and turn in for a post-workout protein smoothie? You’re missing a step. “You need to leave your body in a neutral position at the end of your workout,” says celebrity fitness expert and certified personal trainer Andrea Metcalf, author of Naked Fitness. What that means is that you stretch or use opposing muscles. For example, if you ran, walk backwards on the treadmill for five minutes. After you spin, stand up and stretch on the bike.
2. You're forgetting about recovery. Even if you love being super active, you still need to build in at least one rest day per week. Without it, you may see a plateau in fitness gains. “Our bodies are reacting to the amount of stress put on them. Constant stress doesn’t allow for growth, you need time to recover,” says Metcalf. If you’re feeling fatigued throughout the workout, your body is begging for downtime. Take the day off. Walk (for fun!), stretch, or focus on foam rolling.
3. Your workout isn't for you. Maybe you do hot yoga because your neighbor swears it helped her lose weight. Or CrossFit because…well…Crossfit. But unless the workout is matched to your likes and abilities, you’ll likely slog through. “Don’t just spin the hamster wheel with a program that’s not allowing you to make physical and emotional progress,” says Noah Neiman, certified personal trainer and co-founder of Rumble Boxing in New York City. “The program is either too hard so your form is deficient and you can’t put in the required effort, or it’s too easy and not challenging enough to stimulate growth,” he adds. If every workout feels like a dud to you, try something new or go back to an activity you loved before.
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In the meantime, try this super fun full-body resistance band workout video!