Six signs your workout isn't right for you


Stephanie Ayre


Photo: Jakob Helbig

We're accustomed to think any exercise is good exercise, but what if we're working out all wrong?

Everyone is different and what interests some doesn't necessarily interest others, so if you're sweating it out with something you really don't enjoy you won't be receiving the best results.

What we mean is if you're more of a calm, cool and collected type of person chances are heavy, grueling weight sessions won't be your cup of tea.

Aside from your personality there are some indicators that might suggest a workout re-consideration, such as lack of motivation and skipping through a set just so you can go home. Scroll through to see if any of these apply to you.


1. You're not motivated

It doesn't matter what time of the day (or which day) it is or whether or not you have energy to expel - you just don't feel like working out.

Exercise isn't meant to be a drag or a chore - you should be able to enjoy it and enjoy the feeling it gives you once you're finished.

While the gym is convenient, it's definitely not for everyone. If you're someone who likes fresh air or needs a workout buddy then being stuck indoors in a crowded cardio room might not be for you.

2. You race through it

If you've got your eye on the clock and in all honesty couldn't get yourself out of there quick enough, chances are it isn't working for you.

If you're using weights and pounding through the reps fast in order to finish, you're not going to be getting the best results possible.

With dumbbells, the key is to choose a weight that is going to increase in difficulty as you work your way through the set. And if you're not a fan of lifting weighs on your own, a Body Pump group class might be what you need.

3. You're tired all the time

Don't get us wrong, you should feel slightly exhausted after you've finished sweating it out, but what about the post-workout high - are you still getting that?

The more you exercise the more energy you should have, not the other way around. So if you find you're falling asleep at the desk at work or barely managing to get through a workout because you're so tired, you're either pushing yourself too hard or your chosen routine isn't for you.

4. It doesn't interest you

So your friend has brought you along to a Pilates, yoga or Barre Body class, and not only do you feel uncoordinated, but you're just not interested.

This is OK, not everyone is meant to enjoy the more controlled and slower forms of exercise. Some people prefer to take part in more adventurous types of activities like hiking, rock climbing or even BMX riding.

Whatever it is, these still count as exercise.

5. You skip the warm-up

Everyone knows how important it is to warm-up and stretch out those muscles before putting them to good use. 

So if you're turning up late to your workout or just skipping it all together then you might need to re-consider what you're doing.

6. You always do the same routine

Are you not bored yet? If you've been doing the same workout or routine for as long as you can remember, it's time to mix things up.

If you've also found you're not losing weight or getting noticeable results this could be a good indication that your workout has become stale and you (and your muscles) have adapted to the way you exercise.

As it goes, when your body is used to doing the same thing there is no room for a challenge or improvement, which can ultimately affect the way you lose weight and tone your muscles.

So keep your body on its toes and change things up by alternating between your favourite routines.