Ok and so how do you know when it’s time to challenge and push yourself in your workouts?
Your workout feels easy. If you don’t feel like you gave it everything you had or feel that invigorating rush at the end of your workout, then it’s time to push it harder to get out of that comfort zone. On those last few reps or those last few minutes or seconds of cardio, if you don’t feel like you are ready to totally tap out, then it’s too easy. (*Unless you have restrictions or injuries)
You aren’t sore. I’m sure we’ve all felt that muscle soreness a day or two after a good workout or after getting back into things. It’s impossible to use stairs, sit down or wash your hair. But it’s pretty satisfying to know that you worked THAT hard that your muscles are literally tearing apart and rebuilding themselves. And while you don’t want to be so sore that you can’t even function, a bit of soreness in different muscles indicates that you are continually pushing yourself to become stronger.
Your workouts are comfortable. You should feel excited to do your workout but also a bit apprehensive or nervous about it because you know it will challenge you. If doing your workout doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable, it’s not challenging you. And if your body is not being challenged, it’s not going to change. So don’t waste your effort. Get uncomfortable to get those results!
If you just realized that you haven’t been challenging yourself in your workouts, then don’t fret, because the rest of this week is all about what we can do to push past that comfort zone!