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Is your workout working for you?

Is your workout working for you?

You’ve kept up with your gym commitments. You are eating well. How do you know that all this effort is paying off? 

Because fitness improves gradually, sometimes it is hard to see progress. But if you know what to look out for, you can tell if you're getting fitter.

Here are seven signs that your workout is working for you:

1.    LOWER RESTING HEART RATE

As your cardio fitness improves, your resting heart rate should drop. Check it as soon as you wake up and before you get up. There is a theory that we all have a ‘ration’ of heartbeats over our lifetimes, so if your resting heart rate is reduced, perhaps you’ll have more heartbeats in the bank?

2.    FASTER MUSCLE RECOVERY

Fit muscles heal more quickly and so are ready for more work sooner. Be patient and don’t push to the point of injury, and you’ll find that a big workout no longer means a two day wipeout.

3.    BETTER SLEEP QUALITY

Physical tiredness goes a long way towards defeating sleep problems. If your sleep is improving despite those everyday stresses, you know that the exercise is working.

4.    GREATER STRENGTH

This isn’t just about being able to lift more kilos. As you get fitter you’ll find that those everyday life bends, twists and moves become non-events rather than big efforts.

5.    INCREASING STAMINA

The workout is at the right level for you when it is a struggle to complete those last few reps or lifts. Once that gets too easy, it is time to up the target. The numbers don’t lie – you can see that you are getting fitter.

6.      IMPROVED CONCENTRATION

Exercise isn’t just good for your physical condition. There are plenty of ways in which exercise can boost brainpower too. So look out for improved stamina and problem-solving ability. That shows that your workout is making you smarter.

7.      YOUR WORKOUT IS FUN!

The only real way to guarantee that you’ll stick to a workout is to find one that you enjoy. So if you have that, you are most of the way towards ensuring that it works.      

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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