We’re always talking about gradually stepping things up with your fitness and exercise but how on earth are you meant to tell when you should start doing more? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide whether it’s time to push yourself a little bit more.
- Is what I am currently doing becoming fairly easy?
- Am I recovering well from what I am doing? (not overly sore or fatigued afterwards or the following 24-48 hours)
- Do I feel as though I could work a bit harder or faster during my workout?
- Do I feel as though I could I keep going a bit longer at the end of my workout?
- Do I feel good about doing a bit more? Does it feel right?
If you’re answering yes to these questions, the timing is probably right to try stepping things up a bit. Try it out and see how you go. Always remember in this transition period that it is completely normal to have times where we need to play around with what we are doing to get the balance right. If you step up a bit too quickly or too much initially, don’t be scared to step back to where you were or somewhere in between. You haven’t failed, you’re just finding the balance for where you are right now. If it goes great, awesome! Keep up your new level for at least 2-3 before you ask yourself the questions again.
If you’re saying no to a lot of the questions, stick to what you are currently doing for another week or two. Focus on becoming more active between sessions with incidental activity rather than stepping up your workouts too much. Ask yourself the questions again in a couple of weeks. Remember, it’s not a race. Doing too much too quickly is more likely to see you burning out and not wanting to do anything at all.
So how do you step things up? We’ve written another post about it here – How to Step Things Up Gradually.