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Female Fitness: Why You Aren’t Getting Results

20 Mar

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Until six months ago I was the epitome of lazy, uninspired, and unhappy when it came to working out (couch potato would be an understatement). I just couldn’t find a workout that motivated me to get to the gym on a regular basis (and I hate…let me repeat HATE running, so outside wasn’t a better option). When I did go to the gym, I found myself bouncing up and down on the elliptical, which was not only mind numbing but ineffective. And not seeing results is the best way for me to opt out of a workout and in to a piece of cheesecake (old habits die hard).

Then my brother introduced me to Crossfit (hallelujah, I’ve seen the light). Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program that touts itself as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement.” So I traded in my elliptical for WODs (Workout of the Day) and never looked back. Not only did I start seeing results, but the variety of exercises keeps me excited to hit the gym six months later.

So if you’re working out and not getting results, these might be some reasons why:

1. You’re Unmotivated

If you hate your workout, you are probably spending less time in the gym and more time sitting on the couch catching up on your soaps. Exercising should be enjoyable (I swear, it’s possible). So, if you have a get in, get out outlook on going to the gym, chances are you haven’t found the right workout yet. Also, it helps to have support, so find a workout buddy (who will drag your ass out of bed) or a gym with friendly members and staff (gym friends are good friends).

2. You’re Afraid of Strength Training

This is one of the biggest mistakes women make. They think that if they start lifting weights they will look like Arnold in his prime. Unless someone is slipping you steroids, this won’t happen, women just don’t have the testosterone to bulk up like that. On the positive side, building muscle helps burn more calories throughout the day, while also making your body look leaner. Personally, I’d rather look skinnier (and be healthier) and weigh a little more. So next time you see a weight rack, embrace it (or at least stop running in the other direction).

3. You’re not Eating Right

This one is my achilles heel. I have a problem saying no to anything with chocolate involved (like seriously chocoholics anonymous needs to be a thing). I love being able to rationalize my second serving of dessert by saying, “Hey, I worked out today.” Trust me, this is the wrong way to think (I would be much closer to my goal if I would swap out french fries for salads). Instead, change your thinking to “I don’t want to waste my workout by eating junk” (hey, if you try, I’ll try).

So if you haven’t found your workout groove yet, keep trying! If you are interested in Crossfit check out http://www.crossfit.com or check back for more of my fitness related posts.

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