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?
This logic seems to make sense, 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, consider why you started working out in the first place. You want to lose weight, you want to feel healthier, you want to be able to go to the doctor without him dwelling on your weight, you want to go the beach and feel confident, you want to be able to run around with your kids without getting tired. What ever your reasoning to start was, make sure you remind yourself everyday of why you’re not going to quit. Remind yourself that this time is going to be different and you are going to reach your goal- no excuses.
And remember, just because you are not seeing the results as quickly as you’d like it doesn’t mean nothing is happening. There are many mistakes people make when working out that can lead to not seeing results and here are a few of them:
Not training enough
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 a class 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.
Training too much
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. But if you find that you really can’t keep away from the gym, try some light cardio or some yoga to give you that gym fix you’re craving.
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, alcohol and pastry, 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.
Consistency is key
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.
Doing the same routine over… and over… and over…
Not progressing your workouts is a sure fire way to not see a difference in your appearance. Once your body becomes accustomed to the routine you are doing you will find it becomes a lot easier, at the beginning of the session, you used to experience severe DOMS (if you want to know what DOMS is >> https://faceoffitness246.com/2015/09/05/d-o-m-s-dont-overestimate-my-strength/) , but now it is more of a gentle tingle. Running that 3k used to have you gasping for air, but now you feel like you could go another 3 without breaking a sweat. Its time to increase the intensity and get your body to challenge itself again, don’t fall into the trap of always doing the same thing, make sure you are constantly progressing and pushing yourself, so that you will continue to get the results you are after.
So the next time you decide you want to give up because you don’t think you are losing the weight you want or reaching your goal. Make sure that you are actually working out the right way; take the time to track your progression, so you know what is working for you. Don’t fall into the trap of always doing the same thing, so that when you reach a plateau you know it’s time to change up the intensity of the routine. Don’t give up, fitness doesn’t discriminate, as long as you are doing the work you will get the results.
Become the face of fitness you’ve always wanted and work for a change!