5 Reasons Why Your Fitness Regime Isn't Working
If you want to maximize your chances of leading a long, healthy and happy life, experts recommend that you make your health and fitness some of your main priorities. Those that are new to the world of health and fitness may find themselves overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin. Sometimes you have no plan, you make a couple of wrong moves and you get demotivated. If you’re new to health and fitness or just looking for direction, here are 5 ways to get your fitness regime back on track.
1. You Haven't Made Exercise A Habit
First and foremost, if you’re serious about getting fit and healthy, you need to be committed for the long-haul. A lot of people who embark on fitness quests and journeys, will start off strong, then will lose motivation and patience as time goes by. When this happens, their workouts become less and less frequent. Rather than training at a set time on a set day, they simply wake up and see how they feel on the day. If you want to succeed on your fitness journey, you need to make your workouts a habit. Give yourself a set time to exercise, and set days, and make sure you stick to them no matter what. When your workouts become a habit, you won’t be as tempted to skip them because you’re too tired or you can’t be bothered.
2. You Aren't Enjoying The Exercise You're Doing
Far too frequently we encounter people looking to get fit and healthy, that force themselves into the gym to exercise, and wind up feeling tired, miserable, and angry because they’re doing something they don’t enjoy doing. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, eventually something will have to give, and more often than not, you’ll find yourself throwing in the towel. If you want to lose weight but hate running on the treadmill, why on earth would you force yourself to go to the gym and run on a treadmill when there are so many different options as far as fat loss is concerned? If you love cycling, throw on your cycling gear and take the bike out for a fat-burning cardiovascular bike ride instead. When you actually have fun and enjoy the exercise that you’re doing, it doesn’t seem like exercise at all.
3. You Haven't Addressed Your Diet
As the saying goes ‘you can’t out train a bad diet’ which is why you need to make sure you’re eating right if you’re serious about getting in shape. If you truly want to make your health and fitness a number one priority, throw out the junk and stock up on fresh and healthy food instead. You don’t need to eat organic quinoa salads and purchase expensive organic produce if you don’t want, but what you do need to do is buy fresh, healthy, and nutritious ingredients. Lean proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats, and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies should be on your weekly grocery list. You can also get creative with herbs, spices, and seasonings and make yourself some healthy meals that are not only good for you, but that also taste great in the process.
4. You Started Off Hard & Can't Keep It Up
Whether you’re lifting weights, jogging outdoors, cycling, swimming, or doing any other form of exercise, if you are new to it, you should always begin gradually. Too many people out there throw themselves in at the deep end with their fitness regimes and wonder why they’re exhausted, injured, and burnt out after just a few sessions. The reason is that they try running before they can walk. If you’re new to the world of fitness, your stamina and endurance levels will probably not be where you want them to be. Rather than you trying to follow a workout designed with seasoned athletes in mind then, what you should instead do is start gradually and take metaphorical baby steps. Begin slowly and assess your strength, fitness, and endurance levels. Once you have a rough idea of where you’re at, you can then plan your workouts accordingly. Each session you can try to improve slightly, but just make sure that you take it easy and ease your way in.
5. You're Relying Too Much On Your Own Motivation
When it comes to health and fitness you should never underestimate the importance of a workout buddy. A workout buddy, training partner, or whatever else you want to call them, will prove incredibly valuable to you, and you vice versa to them. Having somebody to train with means that you are accountable when you want to skip a session. If you decide to skip a session, you aren’t just letting yourself down, you’re letting your workout partner down too. A workout partner will also help to motivate you and make your workouts fun. As we mentioned before, when your workouts are enjoyable, you’ll work harder, and you won’t even realise that you’re working at all.