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ESSENTIAL Questions When Choosing a Workout: Tip #2

Last week I shared the first essential question to ask yourself when choosing a workout: What does your body say?  I gave my best tips of how to listen to your body while you are testing out a new workout.  You can read the full post here.

Today, I’m sharing tip #2.

Let’s dive right in!

2. What is your body saying NOW?

How does your body feel immediately after you finish the workout? How about a day or two after?

It’s super important to listen to what your body is saying during the workout, but it is equally as important to listen to what it’s saying AFTER the workout.

Maybe you feel great immediately after the workout, but then you’re wiped out for the rest of the day.  Maybe the workout feels easy, but your body is really sore the day after.

Sometimes that’s okay, especially when beginning a new routine.  But, if you’re like me, you want a workout that helps you feel great all day and allows you to do a variety of activities!

For me there is this magical place between something being too easy and too hard. It’s a place where my body feels worked, in a really good way. When taking time to stretch and cool down feels AMAZING! I’m not overly exhausted, just very pleasantly tired.

So how do you find your sweet spot?

Experiment

The only way to really find what works for you is to experiment!  Try different activities to find what feels good for your body.  Keep in mind that how your body feels during and after a workout will vary a bit from day to day.

Start slow

To avoid getting sore after a new workout, just do a small amount of a new move until you see how your body reacts.  Slowly add more, and it won’t be long before you’ll be able to do the activity to fatigue without the extreme soreness.

Work with a personal trainer

A professional can help you find ways to move that will push your body in a good way without being too challenging.

Switch Workouts

If a workout feels consistently too easy or too hard, it may be best to look for something different or find ways to adjust the workout to your level.

Finding your sweet spot may take some time, but as long as you listen to your body, you will be headed in the right direction to finding workouts that are right for you!

 

Do you remember the last time you felt really great after a physical activity? How about when you didn’t feel so good? Have you ever felt fine during a workout and then super sore a few days later?

What word describes how you want to feel after a workout? Please share in the comments!

See my next blog post for the third ESSENTIAL question to ask yourself when choosing a workout!

 


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