Why You’re Not Reaching Your Health and Fitness Goals
28 Feb 2020
We’d all like to be at our most brilliant, healthiest best, but the fact of the matter is that this is easier said than done. Many of us think that we’re doing all the right things, but then, months later, notice that the result of our efforts has been minimal at best. So what gives? Are you destined not to improve, and just stay stuck in the position you started from? Probably not. The truth is that you’re probably just making one of the common mistakes that newbies make. We take a look at a few of these errors below.
There Is No Goal
If you’re on the move, then it’ll help if you have a destination in mind. In fitness terms, this means setting a target. It’s not enough just to have vague ambitions to be fitter and healthier; you need to have something to work towards. It could be that you want to lose a couple of inches from your waist, or add some muscle mass. The target doesn’t really matter, so long as it exists. It’ll help you to track your progress, and also point you in the direction of the right kind of exercises that you should be doing.
Sixty Percent Effort
While it takes a lot of effort just to get up and visit the gym, it’s not as if you’re able to just turn up and expect to get results. It’s what you do while you’re there that counts. And the fact of the matter is that most people don’t put in the required levels of effort needed to make big improvements. Once they’ve hit 60% of their energy, they usually end up stopping — but it’s in the final rounds of effort where the biggest difference is made. If you’re not making as much progress as you’d hoped you would, then push yourself a little further.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you’ll have done all the required work if you’re leaving the gym dripping in sweat. But in actual fact, this is not the case — the physical part is 50% of the work. The other 50% is your diet. If you spend an hour in the gym but then eat fast-food multiple times a week, then you’re going to struggle with your weight; there’s just no doubt. One mistake people make when trying to bulk up is not eating enough protein, so be sure to have a meat meal or use protein supplements after your workout. Once you’ve got the right diet, you’ll find that it’s much easier to reach your goals.
Spending time in the gym will be a good start. But the truth is that you can’t spend an hour in the gym and the rest of the time on the couch, and hope to be fit. If this describes your current lifestyle, look at making things more active. A healthy, active lifestyle will be the little boost your body needs to succeed.