Are you spending hours working out each week without seeing the results you expected?
If you are pushing to see a change in your body, but aren’t seeing the body you want in the mirror you could be missing muscle groups that are often easily forgotten.
It’s important when planning a workout schedule to make sure you aren’t missing body parts that you should be targeting.
Planning to work out your total body will help give you the results you are looking for.
Planning your Workouts
We can use the American Heart Association’s recommendations for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week to help plan a workout routine that targets all of our muscles and not just the same few every workout.
Breaking these workouts into five 30 – minute workouts throughout the week helps you maintain a routine and, by changing what muscles you work out, lets you rest the muscles in between workouts.
Then, we’ve got to plan out the workout routines and make sure we don’t fall into any of the common pitfalls when people are focusing on specific body parts.
You may be making some of these mistakes causing you to miss body parts you should be targeting during your workout;
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Keeping the same routine all of the time
Doing the same moves over and over again will certainly build up some muscles, but you’ll be missing out on anything that’s not moving in your routine.
Changing things up in your workout routine helps you stay interested and keeps changing up how your muscles are working.
By not switching things up your body will adapt to the moves and you will find yourself constantly plateauing.
Most fitness nuts had a point early on where they found themselves doing hundreds of crunches trying to get toned abs, but abs are simply a part of your “core”.
Your core muscles include your abs, obliques, and lower back. Incorporating stability into your workout helps you tone your entire core at once and targets all of the connected muscles.
Working Out in Isolation
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No, we don’t mean working out alone (though group classes and coaching can help your motivation!), we’re talking about only isolating muscles during your workout routines. In the real world, you don’t isolate muscles and we aren’t meant to move that way.
Completing a full-body workout regularly helps keep your workout plans simply by coordinating exercises that work on multiple areas at once.
Doing full-body workouts helps keep your body engaged during workouts and can even save you time.
Instead of spending 30 minutes on only sections of your arms, you can do a workout that covers your arms and core one day and your legs and back the next.
And if you are looking to lose weight, a total body workout burns more calories because of the total body activation.
Only Doing Cardio or Strength
Our bodies need a combination of cardio and strength training to perform their best and if you’re looking to help a specific part of your body doing both is going to be important.
Cardio helps keep your fat percentage down. The lower your body fat, the better your muscles show up.
Only doing cardio won’t give you much muscle to show off though! Alternating strength and cardio or incorporating both into your workouts help give you your best body.
In conclusion, keeping your body at its best means not just hitting the gym and doing the same moves over and over.
We’ve got to be smart about how we workout to make sure we’re targeting our whole body and not just a few specific spots.
Try incorporating full-body workouts, cardio and strength training, using stability, and constantly changing up your routine.
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