You’ve been hitting the gym constantly, using the cardio machines and the weights in the hopes of achieving the ultimate Paleo body. Shockingly, all of your hard work seems for naught.
Despite your best efforts, muscle mass is virtually non-existent and your body still has a high percentage of body fat. What’s a caveman to do?
If you are not making the progress you think you should, it’s probably time to take a good hard look why your workout isn’t delivering results. Here are five possible culprits:
1. Poor Diet – You want your workout to make a difference? Then stop eating junk foods. Exercising won’t do a lot if you’re plying your body with foods high in fat and calories. Skip the fast food and make most of your meals at home. A healthy Paleo diet to keep you trim as you workout will feature loads of veggies, fruit, lean meats and whole grains.
2. Improper Form – Don’t think proper form makes or breaks a workout? Think again. If you’re doing an exercise improperly, you’re not only increasing your chance of injury, but likely not effectively working the targeted muscle group. Instead of trying to teach yourself good form, work with a personal trainer until you master the moves.
3. It’s Not Social Hour – For many, going to the gym has become a social experience; along with working out, it could be a time you catch up with your friends. Socialization may provide good motivation for you to go to the gym, but it could adversely affect the actual workout. In order to chat away, you may have your resistance set to a lower level than you should have. If you’re able to comfortably talk on the phone or text while training, you’re not working hard enough. Start focusing.
4. Overtraining – You woke up at the crack of dawn and put in a hardcore workout. You must be on your way to awesomeness, right? Pushing your body to the breaking point is more than likely to have the opposite effect. You may feel the urge to overeat to compensate for the workout or develop sugar cravings due to the loss of glucose. You might not be giving your body adequate rest time for muscle development, too.
5. You’re All About the Cardio – Although cardio exercise is an essential part of your workout routine, you must do strength training as well. Strength training isn’t just for building muscle either. It gives your body the metabolic boost it needs to burn more calories. Spend three to five days per week doing cardio and a resistance training program that works the core, upper body and lower body.
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