Four Factors That Can Impact the Progress of Your Workout

When it comes to working out and achieving a healthier and more attractive figure, there are several factors that come into play.  The reality is that some people will slim down faster and their bodies will sculpt easier than the body’s of others.  While this doesn’t give you an excuse to sit on your butt rather than working out, it is good to gain an understanding of these factors so you can better determine how to work with them rather than fighting against them.

Your Body and Genetics

While many people use genetics as an excuse for their body weight and shape, there is some validity to genetic predisposition.  If you are overweight and are looking to simply slim down and achieve a healthier body, genetics won’t have much of an impact.  If you are looking to be a body builder or to have the body of a supermodel, on the other hand, you will find that some people are genetically capable of achieving this level of fitness faster and easier than others.

Your Level of Dedication

Despite your genetic makeup, your level of dedication will have a major impact on the results you are able to achieve as well as how quickly you achieve those goals.  Even those who are more genetically inclined to certain body types will need to work to achieve and to maintain their goals.  Similarly, even if you do not have the genetic predisposition, you can still achieve a fit and shapely body if your are dedicated enough to the cause.

Metabolizing the Fat

Keeping your metabolism up is a good way to provide your body with the fuel it needs while also burning fat.  As we grow older, our metabolism begins to slow down.  If you don’t provide your body with the fuel it needs, your metabolism will slow down even further in order to preserve energy.  Therefore, most experts agree that it is better to eat 5 to 6 smaller meals each day rather than just two or three.  This way, your body receives regular fuel and your metabolism does not need to slow down in order to conserve energy.

Hitting a Plateau

Nearly everyone hits a plateau when dieting and exercising.  This happens when things see to be progressing nicely and then you suddenly stop making progress toward your goal.  Often, changing your routine will help you break through the plateau.  By changing the intensity of your workout or by changing the actual exercises included in your routine, you can help get through the plateau.