”American Samoa, what are your markers for success in the gym? This week's article takes a different view on how to measure improvement with exercise. We hope you find this helpful and motivating!
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- Learn how to identify your progress
- Have new items to focus on when you are exercising
- Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you’re making progress with your fitness routine.
- Five non-visual signs that your fitness is improving include:
- You have more energy.
- You can do more repetitions.
- You can’t wait for your workout.
- You lift heavier.
- You’re lasting longer.
1. You have more energy
One of the best things about consistently working out is that it gives you more energy every single day. Exercise helps to refresh your energy levels and keep you energized – you’ll be able to tell you’re getting fitter when waking up in the morning becomes easier, you’re no longer desperate for that extra cup of coffee and you feel awake and alert throughout the day.
2. You can do more repetitions
While you may have struggled with one burpee when you started your fitness journey, a few weeks down the line you might find yourself managing 5 with ease. Fitness is about marginal gains, consistent work, and pushing yourself. Be sure to notice when you’re managing that extra repetition in the gym and to give yourself a pat on the back.
3. You can’t wait for your workout
Exercising can be a daunting task for absolutely anyone – let alone those who are relatively new to the world of fitness. However, once you get in a routine and figure out what works for you, what you like to do, and how to workout to suit your body, you’ll begin to look forward to your workouts. You’ll start to associate working out with feeling great and seeing results – and that’s when you know you’re getting fitter.
4. You lift heavier
You’ll have come into contact with some form of weight when working out, whether it’s in the gym or at a class, a machine, or a barbell. As your fitness level improves, you’ll notice that you’re lifting your usual weight more easily, and you might even need to lift or work with heavier weights to feel the same tension that you’re used to from your workout. This is an amazing sign and it means that you’re getting fitter – rapidly too.
5. You’re lasting longer
From power walking to jogging, rowing to working on the cross trainer, there are a number of ways to implement cardio into your routine. To put it simply, when your fitness levels are improving, you’ll be able to engage in cardio exercises for longer than you could before. You’ll find yourself able to run 5 minutes instead of 3, row 10 instead of 8, or perhaps climb 40 floors instead of 30 on the step machine. What was once a struggle will suddenly become a little easier, and you’ll find yourself pushing harder to maximize your workout.
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Keith McNevin founded Right Path Fitness in 2010 following his passion for all things health and fitness. Keith has been involved in sports & training for over 18 years and is a highly accomplished freestyle wrestler – previously winning both British & English Championship titles. Keith decided after several successful years of personal training that he wanted to put together a world-class team of fitness trainers to support him in getting people into the best possible shape.