24 Oct How to Measure Your Workout Success
There are many metrics you can use to measure your workout success. There are also some pretty misleading ones. Today, we’re going to talk about the differences and what you should be paying attention to.
Focus Less On…
How Much You Sweat
Consider this -you can sweat during a hot yoga class even if you sit in the corner and sip water the whole time. While sweating can indicate a good, hard workout, it can also be deceiving. Heck, you can even sweat after eating spicy food.
How Sore You Are
How sore you are can also be deceiving. If you’ve skipped more than a few workouts, getting back at it can make you quite sore. We’ve all had to get back in the saddle a few times and it’s surprising how little you have to do to get sore. The same goes for workouts you haven’t tried before that might engage muscles that aren’t as strong as those muscle groups you concentrate on each week.
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Focus More On…
Your State of Wellbeing
Do you feel better? Do you have more energy? Sure, it might sound obvious, but it’s one of the most important measurements of workout success. If you dread your workout, it decreases your engagement in a fit lifestyle. If you’re too sore to get up the stairs, it will likely delay your next visit to the gym. The goal is to feel great after your workout -empowered, focused, and looking forward to your next visit to PFC.
Too often we focus on getting thinner or gaining muscle. It’s more important to start small and focus on your little victories like shaving seconds off your mile or adding weights to your bar. Those muscles won’t pop for a while, so it’s important to celebrate when you’ve gained strength and momentum.
Getting Better Sleep
Ah, one of our favorite benefits of a good workout. While your workout does create endorphins that energize you and make you feel good, a good workout will help knock you out at the end of your day. Those who habitually work out report lower levels of anxiety and stress, contributing to better sleep.
Remember, being sweaty, being sore, those can really be signs of a great workout, but there are better metrics to hold your workout up to. We hope you focus on the more important factors and small victories! See you around the club.