So, you are re-starting your exercise journey for the 5th time and this time you promise not to quit!
I can understand the frustration it brings when you believe you are training your heart out, but aren’t getting anywhere. So you think the only option you have is to just give up- because if nothing is changing, what’s the point, right? That is until you see yourself putting on those extra pounds, and then decide its time to start exercising again, only to give up a few months later.
Before you continue this never-ending stop-start cycle, follow these simple steps to help you on your exercise journey.
There are many mistakes people make when working out that can lead to not seeing results and here are a few of them:
Just because you have a gym membership, doesn’t mean the lbs. will start falling off. For you to get your desired look you need to work for it. Make sure every session at the gym you are giving it your all. If you find that you have enough time to have a nice conversation with the person next to you on the treadmill, or check out what new outfits are being worn in the gym today, this means you’re not working hard enough! If you find it hard to motivate yourself try one of the classes the gym has to offer to get the push you need, or taking part in a personal training session is another great way to get the most out of your time.
I bet you’re thinking ‘how can you train too much?’- but actually over training may be the reason you’re not seeing the results you desire. Resting your body is just as important as working out itself. As you rest, your muscles get a chance to repair and rebuild. Skipping rest days can even set back your progress by making you more prone to injury because you’re not giving yourself adequate time to recover.
Have you ever heard the saying ‘you can’t out run a bad diet’? This is incredibly true, it doesn’t matter how hard you work out for that hour of the day, if for the other 23 you are fuelling yourself with excessive junk food, you are not going to get anywhere near your goal. So switch up the refined foods for whole grains, change the fried for boiled and make sure you’re getting in plenty of greens.
Not making it to the gym as often as you should is detrimental to any long-term goals you may have. Saying you are going to train for Crop Over then coming into the gym 5 times this week, once next week, and 2 times the week after isn’t going to cut it. I understand we all have busy lives, but scheduling time for your health, wellbeing, and long-term fitness goal needs to take priority over that Netflix marathon.