“I thought I was supposed to feel exhausted…”
...it’s a common misconception that training has to wipe you out and exhaust you—and that if you don’t leave the gym feeling this way, your session wasn’t a good one. By what criteria are we judging this, though? What results are you really looking for out of your exercise program? Do you want to feel exhausted all the time, or do you actually want to walk around feeling good and healthy?
For the most part its simple. keep a log book of your workouts. Ensure you progress each week. Simple :)
Looking good doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy. If your goal is overall longevity—and to look and feel your best—you don’t have to train yourself into the ground every day. If you’re so exhausted that it’s affecting your quality of life and giving you health issues, is this really beneficial for what you want over the long haul?
Getting the body you want, and the health you deserve, isn’t about getting tired. It’s more a function of getting your blood sugar under control through proper training and nutrition. Ironically enough, training to exhaustion will actually throw your blood sugar off. If you’re working so hard that it’s having a negative effect on your hormones, you’re not going to get anything you want out of your programming. You won’t have optimal performance, and you won’t even come close to the body composition you think you’ve been working so hard to achieve.
Think about it. Eat Smart. Train Smart :)