On your health and fitness journey, it is inevitable you will hit bumps in the road. You will come across injury, self-doubt, and lack of focus or motivation which are all very normal. However, there are habits we can pick up which in turn may slow down our health and fitness progress:
HAVING NO PLAN
Even if you aren’t training for a specific event, I am guessing you may have a goal in sight? Having a training plan in place will give you a lot more structure and a better chance of reaching your goal faster and not slowing your progress down.
Walking into the gym; do you know what you are going to work on? If your answer is no it may be time to start creating a training plan for yourself or approaching a qualified trainer to make one for you. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is a well-known quote and very relevant when it comes to your health and fitness goals too.
It is no secret that what we choose to eat and drink plays a major part in our health and fitness progress; however on that other hand I don’t believe in restricting yourself from what you want and crave. It is important to keep in mind that in order to live our healthiest life we need to be consuming a balanced diet.
Takeaways, chocolate and wine are all absolutely fine to have, however, moderation is key.
HITTING A FITNESS PLATEAU
If you stop seeing progress in the gym or in any other activities you do, you may have hit a fitness plateau. What is this? Your body can get used to routines and exercises especially if you never change up your training.
So what can you do? Change it up regularly. Try new exercise classes, lift heavier weights, add more cardio into your routine or simply walk more. You need to keep challenging your body in order to see continuous results.
Do you keep a record of your runs or weightlifting? If not, you should try it! You don’t need to have a fancy pen and notebook, you can simply write it down on your phone.
If you don’t record your progress, how will you know if you are starting to plateau or not? Following your journey in this way is a great way to look back and see how far you have come!
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Are you trying to fit in as many workouts as possible into your week with the hope you will see results quicker? There is such a thing as working out too much, meaning you aren’t letting your body recover and as a result damaging your progress.
NOT ENOUGH REST
When it comes to exercise; rest is just as important as the actual workout itself. If you are breaking down muscle from weightlifting or cardio every day and not letting it build itself back up again, your body isn’t given the chance to recover and replenish. The immune system repairs and grows muscles after exercise, but if you aren’t giving your body a chance to do so then you are doing more harm than good.
YOUR HEAD ISN’T IN THE GAME
We all have those off days, and that is totally normal. However, your mindset can affect your fitness progress, especially in the gym. When you feel focused on your goal, you are more likely to smash a workout and feel great about it.
One of the biggest mindset hurdles is that people underestimate themselves and put themselves down. In a fitness capacity, it is so easy, especially now with social media, to look at others and compare yourself to them. However, this is just not productive in any way, shape or form.
Concentrate on your goals, your achievements and celebrate what your body can do!