Assessing Your Workouts

Exercisers ask plenty of questions about their workout routine, especially when they don’t see results when they should or when they hit a weight loss plateau.

According to Paige Waehner, fitness writer of, these questions are difficult to answer because there is not "right" way to workout. There is not one-size-fits-all exercise routine because each of us is built differently.

But despite this, there are some questions you can ask that can help you asses your workout:

Do you like what you’re doing?

Waehner says you may not like every single part of your routine, but it should include activities that you enjoy doing. If you run on the treadmill and hate and not enjoy a single minute of it, the chances of you sticking to your exercise are slim to none. Waehner suggests taking the Fitness Personality Quiz to find out what kind of exercises you’ll enjoy.

Is your program balanced?

If you stick to only one type of exercise, like all aerobics, or all strength training, you will eventually get bored and burned out. Plus, lack of variety in your routine will lead to plateaus. It is the nature of our bodies to adapt. Therefore, when you stick to one exercise alone, the body gets used to it, and eventually will stop responding to it (not burn anymore calories, or build muscle mass).

Am I getting results?

The first item on exercisers’ results list is weight loss. However, you should also consider other factors:

Are you growing stronger? Have you increased your endurance? Are you progressing in your exercises? Are you feeling better about yourself and your commitment to exercise? These are just some of the "results" that you should be looking for aside from weight loss.

Based on these three questions, you can assess your workout program and determine whether it’s working for you or not.


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