This morning, I was supposed to get up bright and early and go for a nice jog around my neighborhood to start my day. As soon as my alarm went off, though, I rolled over and promptly decided that my workout would have to wait until the evening, because I was just too dang tired to do anything strenuous. Every once in awhile, it's normal to not be feeling your workout, but what if you hate every second of your routine? There are a few signs that mean your workout isn't working for you, so if you've been feeling meh about exercise lately, it doesn't necessarily mean you've lost your motivation. Perhaps the routine you're rolling with just doesn't suit you, and it's time to search for something that makes you feel your absolute best.
While the occasional off day is a normal part of any healthy workout routine, if you just recently started a new regimen, Geoffrey McBride, head trainer at EverybodyFights NYC, says you might want to be a little patient as your body adjusts. "The basic rule of thumb is that you would need two to three months to see changes in your body when following a particular workout plan," he tells Elite Daily. But if you've dedicated that time to your routine, and you still feel like something's off, he suggests changing repetition counts or weights before ditching the workout altogether.
Don't get discouraged if you think your current routine isn't working for you. Instead, try to look at it as an opportunity to explore the countless fitness methods and regimens that you haven't tried yet, says Sassy Gregson-Williams, certified personal trainer and founder of the online workout studioNaturally Sassy. She tells Elite Daily that she often asks her clients to keep "body journals." In just a sentence each day, she tells them to reflect upon how their body felt during and after a workout. "You can [use] this concept for different classes and workout techniques," she explains. "Slowly you'll see a pattern showing what your body responds best to."
If you're not sure whether your current workout is right for you, here are a few signs to look out for as you sweat it out.