How Do You Measure Your Workout?

How do you measure your workout? How can you tell that what you are doing is working? Is it only a good workout if it is hours long and you have to crawl out of the gym? Maybe you measure it in soreness but the next day you’re too sore to perform daily tasks normally. Or possibly you measure its efficiency in how your clothes fit over time or how much energy you have throughout the day. Being fit and healthy is not measured in how long and hard you can go. It is measured in the quality of the life experiences you have.

So how should you feel after your workout? Some soreness is common and it is important to know what causes it. Soreness is actually the result of small tears in the muscle fibers. These small tears in the muscle are a result of overload either from a strenuous lifting session or a new movement pattern. While soreness is an indicator of a hard workout, it is not necessarily the best indicator of a good workout. It is not necessary to be sore after every workout to experience results. Consistently leaving your body in a sore wreck is a perfect way to eventually end up over-trained.

Quality over Quantity. If you are going to the gym six days a week and working out for more than two hours each time, you are not maximizing your workouts. The intensity of activity should dictate the amount of time you spend. While variety is key, the goal is to workout harder in a shorter amount of time. You don’t need an atomic explosion for a minor point. Enough but not too much. It’s about understanding how to measure the intensity of your training program. If you need an atomic explosion every now and then, reach in and go for it. But understand that most of the time you can accomplish it with a minor measurement.

So back to what I asked before, “How can you tell that what you are doing is working?” First off, you have more energy and are less stressed. After a long day you are not so exhausted and can enjoy time with family and friends. With less stress, we can sleep well. When we sleep well, we have the focus to make good food decisions. Basically, in a nutshell, you just overall feel better.

Jenneth Lardner

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