At the beginning of your weight loss journey, you probably established an eating plan and a schedule for exercise. But as time goes on, you will get into better shape. That’s the good news! The “other” (certainly not bad) news is that your workout will become too easy for you. You will eventually need to increase the difficulty level a bit… But how do you know when it’s time to do that?
You’re not even breaking a sweat anymore. Different people sweat at different rates, and perhaps you’re just not a “sweaty” person. For this reason, sweat is not the most reliable indicator of a challenging workout. But if you find that you’re sweating much less than you used to, you probably do need to increase your exercise intensity a bit.
You’re never sore. Excessive soreness can be a sign that you’re working out too hard, and putting yourself at risk of injury. On the other end of the spectrum, a total lack of muscle soreness is a signal to challenge yourself more.
You’ve been doing the same thing, every day, for months. Not only is your workout too easy; you’re probably bored with it, too. Remember to shake up your routine every so often. It increases your calorie burn but also helps you to stick with your exercise plans in the long run.
You can talk while working out. You should certainly be able to speak, but that’s not what we’re talking about. If you can carry on a lengthy, detailed chat during your workout, it’s probably not difficult enough. You should need to stop and catch your breath after a sentence or two.
Of course, it is best to follow a physician’s advice when beginning an exercise routine (or increasing your difficulty). Schedule an appointment with us, so we can screen you for underlying problems that could make exercise difficult or risky for you. Then together we can discuss your workout schedule, an eating plan to support your goals, and anything else that might concern you with regard to your weight or health.