There’s nothing more frustrating than working so hard, yet feeling like your time, energy and effort aren't producing the results you want. I truly understand that feeling from experience and it really sucks. So here are some honest reasons why you may not be making any real progress with your workouts and what you can do to change that starting today.
1. You don’t have a plan
If you find yourself struggling and not knowing "what to do" in terms of workouts, then I'd definitely recommend having a training plan. (you can either research this and teach yourself how to do it or go the route which I always recommend, which is to hire and work with a professional trainer)
After many years of experience in the fitness industry, I can confidently say that having a workout plan changed the game for me.
A training plan is like a map, guiding you to your destination and without it, you might get lost, take many wrong turns and detours and might never actually make it to said destination.
I remember when I first started going to the gym, I would go from machine to machine trying to "wing" it, and being someone absolutely obsessed with organization, it bothered me that I had no structure. So I immediately knew something had to change.
Having a training plan provides structure (in your daily life as well), it enables you to stay focused on your goals day in and day out - so the minute you step foot in the gym, (or workout at home) there won’t be any confusion as to what exercises to do next and how to do them correctly to also prevent injury.
You become more confident and efficient knowing exactly what and how you are training, including how long it should take you, so you can better plan other activities around your day.
Walking into the gym without a plan will have you confused or just reverting back to the usual cardio treadmills and/or ellipticals. so long and short, hire a professional trainer or take courses and teach yourself how to implement a plan into your lifestyle.
2. You aren’t getting enough rest
Sometimes, we struggle with getting enough sleep because we are constantly juggling so much at once, but the truth is, you cannot cheat the body. If you don't take care of your body, sooner or later, you will get burnt out.
You really don't want to skip out on rest because, sleeping is when your body goes into recovery mode from your day’s activities including your workouts. This is the state in which energy is restored to both the brain and body. Not getting enough rest will directly affect your energy levels throughout the day, making you less efficient, less focused and less productive with your workouts. However, If you want to consistently perform at your absolute best in the gym, most doctors agree that you should be sleeping at least 7-8 hours each night.
3. Your nutrition is off
Your nutrition is responsible for at least 75% - 80% of your success when it comes to getting fit, healthy and/or reaching your goals. It’s the foods you eat (along with your training) that determine whether you lose fat or build muscle. So if you aren’t eating the right foods, you might be sabotaging your progress after all and not fully realize it.
The basic rules to good nutrition are to cut out processed and/or junk foods, and introduce healthier food options like vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and protein. Always remember to fuel your body before and after your workout sessions as part of your training, recovery, and repair process for your body. Here are foods to eat after your workout to give you some ideas.
Eat Clean, Train Mean & Stay Focused! :)
Dreyah, for Every Fit Girl