We’re now in the second week of January and already people are starting to give up on their fitness goals for 2018. Many people join the gym at the start of January, begin a healthy eating regime and stop drinking in a bid to become fitter in the year ahead. But over 80% give up by the beginning of February. So let’s look at some of the most common reasons people fail and how you can avoid them.
Going too hard, too soon
Yes, we know you want to improve your fitness and get the body you’ve always dreamed of but going straight into a 5 day a week gym routine will probably do more harm than good. Overtraining is one of the biggest reasons people fail to reach their fitness goals and the easiest way to be discouraged. Starting off slowly and gradually building up is a far better approach to fitness and one that will help keep you motivated.
Sure signs that you’ve hit the gym too hard include feeling like you can’t move the next day or any intense pain. A little soreness the next day is normal but extreme pain isn’t. Just remember to listen to your body and during your first month of training don’t overdo it.
Setting unrealistic goals
Another indicator of setting yourself up to fail is setting unrealistic fitness goals. So for example if you’ve never run further than to the local bus stop, signing up for a marathon in a couple of months’ time is not a good idea. Set yourself smaller more manageable goals at first e.g. taking part in and completing your local 5K parkrun. As you become fitter you can build up your distance and start setting yourself new goals which work towards a longer term goal such as completing a marathon.
Not resting enough
It’s not just rest days that are important for muscle recovery. Getting enough sleep is one of the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. Set yourself bedtime goals to help you make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Yoga and meditation are great aids for helping you to relax before bedtime and reading is a time proven way to relax and unwind before sleep.
Getting stuck in the same routine
Instead of doing the same set of gym workouts each week and then trying to make them harder, try mixing up your workouts. Simple ideas include taking a yoga class, doing a HIIT session or swapping the gym for the pool for a full body workout. By changing up your routine you’ll stop yourself getting bored or overdoing your workouts.
Using fad diets
Each year at the start of the year there always seems to be a new diet or two that promises amazing results and a total body transformation. The truth is these fad diets never work and are only ever sustainable for a short period of time. If you want to lose weight and keep it off you need to exercise regularly and get the proper nutrition you need. Supplements are a great way to help fuel your workouts and Whey Protein and Creatine can help you build a stronger, leaner body by giving your body the fuel it needs during and post workout. Fad diets often cut down on things like carbohydrate and protein which are essential for recovery. Swap fad diets for healthy eating and exercise for a sustainable way to lose weight and reach your fitness goals.