I know it may be hard to believe, but there's no need to do anything extremely intense, fast, long duration, or absolutely depleting, to get good results from workouts.
But we may have to change our gym mindset.
Hard and Fast Workouts Aren't The Only Way to Go
You don't have to do Crossfit, bootacamps, high intensity training, and long distance running to be healthy. Maybe it's time to change your gym mindset…
Can't believe it? For a while, I couldn't either. I thought that I didn't do enough if after a workout I didn't feel extremely tired, swimming in the pool of my own sweat, barely able to move.
Why You Should Slow Down
But it wasn't sustainable. There was a period in my life when I went hard for a week, only to take a week off because I was so tired. Then I went hard for a week again, and had to take a week off again.
There's a solution to this every-other-week-burnout: Stop trying to crush it every time. You don't have to wreck yourself to be healthy. You actually won't be healthy if you continuously keep destroying your body.
Here's How to Change Your Gym Mindset
Some ideas how to change your gym mindset and workout goals:
From going as hard as you can to listening to your body and resting as it needs it.
From losing weight to getting healthier.
From doing a million reps to doing your reps with perfect form.
From burning calories to gaining strength.
From doing only weights or running to also improving your mobility and flexibility.
Here's one example of a pretty common workouts of mine these days.
Here's how it goes:
Banded Hip Thrusts, 20 reps. Use a thick band!
Kneeling band presses, 15 reps per side. This one will work your obliques and is great for core stability.
Band pulldowns, 20 reps. Use a lighter band for this if you're doing high reps. If you have a thicker band, decrease the reps. Works your backs and triceps.
Y Raises, 20 reps. Again, if your band is thicker, you probably want to do less reps to make sure the form stays good.
Do 3 rounds.
It's going to feel different if you're only used to really high intensity workouts. This will be much gentler, but also much better for you as it's not nearly as taxing, it's mindful, and you're actually strengthening your body, as opposed to just rushing through your workout to burn more calories.
Give it a try and let me know how you liked it!
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