After making the decision to lose weight, improve your fitness, and generally make more of an effort to take care of yourself, it can be disheartening when you see a lack of results. When we spend hours in the gym every week, it can be discouraging when results don’t come because it makes us want to quit; something many do each day. However, don’t give up just yet because we came up with real reasons why results may be lacking on your fitness journey.
Wrong Workouts – With all the different parts and systems of your body, they need to be targeted in a variety of ways and you can do this with a specialized program. For example, always lifting weights isn’t going to help you to run further because this concentrates on the muscles. If you want to lose weight and improve your endurance for running, swimming, or cycling, you need to be partaking in cardiovascular work.
On the flip side, weight machines will work the muscles and enable them to grow. Within your workout program, you should include a healthy balance of resistance training, HIIT training, and cardio and your results should improve.
Lack of Intensity – At the other end of the scale, you might not be pushing your body far enough. In recent times, studies have taught us how intensity is much more important for your fitness goals than duration so why not try some HIIT (high-intensity interval training)? Of course, you still need to remember to take days off in the meantime.
Poor Recovery – If you have an intense workout, don’t be afraid to wait 48/72 hours until the next one. Not only does poor recovery prevent growth, but it also increases the chances of injury, and you won’t be making any progress with torn ligaments or pulled muscles.
Poor Nutrition – Great, you’re going to the gym four times a week but have you adjusted your diet to match? In your routine, you should eat the largest meal of the day not long after your workout and avoid snacking through the day; instead, eat whole foods to feel fuller for longer.
Lack of Variation – If you complete the same exercises every day, your body gets used to it, and you stop challenging yourself. Every time you work out, you should be doing something different to the workout before to keep the body guessing. Every month or so, completely overhaul your regime and start again.
Frequent Inactivity – As well as going to the gym, you should be looking to improve your habits. For example, you could try walking to work, using the stairs instead of the lift, etc. If you work from home, go for a walk during your lunch break to get the blood pumping through the body.
Too Intense – As surprising as it sounds, your body will start to shut down if you put it under too much pressure. Remember, even the fittest sportspeople in the world need rest days to allow the body to recover and rebuild. Regardless of whether you’re trying to gain muscle or lose weight, you need to take time off too.
Incorrect Form – Finally, we highly advise learning the correct form for all exercises even if you think you know it or if you’ve seen others do it previously. Whether this comes from advice from other gym-goers, personal trainers, or videos on YouTube, allow yourself to learn. With incorrect form for exercises, you don’t target the body as you should, and it can also lead to injury.
With a balanced exercise regime, enough rest, the balance of intensity, and proper nutrition, you can start to make real progress towards your fitness goals! We welcome you to start your journey using the ShesTough system. Join today!