What happens when one feels physically good, happy with the progress they are making on their workout and healthy diet but step on the scale to see no pounds lost? While establishing a consistent workout routine, it is common to look at the scale directly when tracking progress. But dropping numbers are aren’t the only signs of success. There many positive signs to look for when it comes to working out.
Weight maintenance or loss is associated with improved self-satisfaction and self-esteem, according to some studies. Even without necessarily losing weight, there is evidence that physical fitness training can lead to better work behavior and improve mood. Weight loss takes time that doesn’t mean one is not progressing.
Few positive signs to look for during workouts –
More energy – With increased levels of energy, physical activity has been correlated. According to some researchers, aerobic exercise can help to reduce symptoms of depression. This has to do with an increase in endorphin levels that can result from working out. When we need energy, endorphins are released hormones, so it is clear that exercise increases endorphin levels in the body. Exercise can also help to get good sleep at night.
Carving less sugar – After a workout, one may be less likely to go to sugar food. Exercise releases serotonin, a mood-enhancing hormone. Because of most of the people think of having snacks and sugar food after a long day of work. However, exercise naturally provides a natural mood enhancer. This decreases sugar cravings.
Tighter strap on bra – If one can hook their bra strap a little tighter than before, progress is happening with the workout routine. Exercises that target the chest area help tone the back, shoulders, and pectorals. These exercises can include chest flies, push-ups, and bench presses. If one has started these exercises recently, then a change in the way the bra fits is a sign of positive success.
Pants are looser – If anyone has pant that is tight fit then after regular workouts if they wear it they will find the difference. The pant will feel little looser when one lose fat and gain muscles. If weight loss is the main aim, then core exercise and cardio should be done. After some time, stomach and waistline are areas should look more toned and defined. That doesn’t mean the number in the scale will change drastically. Muscle growth happens when core exercise is done—paying attention to how pants fits can say a lot about progress.