Do You Have to Finish Your Workouts Exhausted?
Have you ever worked out until you can’t get up? I advocated that idea for a long time. I believed that working out until we’ve completely exhausted ourselves is the best way to workout. But I was far from being right.
We are consistent with things that seem to be doable and fun. Pushing ourselves to our limits every day while working out isn’t one of them. This is one of the major reasons most of us aren’t looking forward to our workouts.
When you want to quit because your muscles burn and you’re on the verge of collapsing, you try to find the courage to keep going on. This sends a wrong message to people who want to lose fat, improve their health, or begin a fitness routine for the first time. Exhaustion is not the answer to achieving those results.
So, why is working out until you reach fatigue is the wrong way to reduce body fat and build a healthier body?
1. It doesn’t produce long-term motivation
Most people can’t go through the grueling workouts for multiple weeks. As a result, they abandon their workouts completely because they’ve been told that if they don’t go all-out every workout, they might as well not do it.
2. It can be dangerous
These rigorous workouts can damage your body in the long term. Being too sore and tired for a long time will fry out your nervous system and leave you over-trained.
It’s not about getting tired. It’s about getting better.
There are certain rules that you must follow.
1. Only pick up the weights which you can control/workout until you can maintain the posture:
This is very important. Don’t be an ego-lifter. Lifting heavy weights will cause your body to take up heavy strain for which it isn’t ready, yet. This would cause major injuries, especially in the lower back. For bodyweight workouts, the injuries will reduce when compared to workouts with weight.
2. Remember to rest:
A lot of beginners tend to workout without giving proper rest to their bodies. Your body needs time to recover. Don’t equate your improvement with the number of days you go to the gym/workout at home.
3. Hydrate yourself during workouts:
Drinking water during exercise is crucial to prevent dehydration, electrolyte loss, and muscle fatigue. Drink 500–750ml water during your workout session.
4. Eating schedule:
Eat within one hour after your workout. This will help to repair and refuel the muscles that were broken down during exercise.
There are some ways to make workouts more fun and engaging.
1. Buy new shoes.
2. Change your workout routine once a month.
3. Play to your workout personality.
Remember, it’s about becoming better without feeling sick. Do that and you will achieve the goals you’re after.
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