You workout regularly, you eat right, you’re doing everything you can and still you’re not seeing the results in the mirror that you are hoping for week in, week out? Sound familiar? There are many reasons that you may not be getting fitter….here are 6 reasons that might be impacting your workouts!
- You’re not drinking enough
By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Maintaining hydrated can increase both cognitive and physical performance so it is vital that you drink plenty if you are hoping to improve your fitness levels. Water acts as a lubricant for your muscles, joints and vital organs, it is necessary for you to have energy during your workout because it is the transporter of oxygen and glucose throughout your body. Your muscles also need water for strength and flexibility, your joints need water to prevent stiffness and your brain needs water to send messages, like how to regulate your body temperature.
- You’re not lifting heavy enough
Maintaining your weight during strength sessions will not help you improve, lifting heavier weight has been shown to have a much higher impact on the release of muscle-building and growth hormones. Researchers have also found that using a weight that only allows for 6-reps increases the metabolic rate higher and for longer after a workout than a 12-reps set. (Source: http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/workout-tips/6-reasons-youre-not-fit)
- You’re not sleeping enough
Sleep is when your brain and body recover. During sleep your body repairs damaged muscles and inflamed connective tissues which is essential when training, recovery is just as important as training itself. Inadequate sleep can result in a lack of focus, food cravings and overall, can completely undo all the work you have put in!
- You’re not pushing yourself enough
Many studies have shown that incorporating HIIT (high intensity interval training) is better at burning fat, building lean muscle and maximising your workout than low-intensity steady state cardio. Due to the greater level of recovery required after a HIIT session you are also prime to burn more calories in the 48-72 hours after the workout!
- You’re not eating the right things
Eating is half the battle! You can work out five days a week and burn hundreds of calories, but if you are not fueling yourself properly, all that hard work is wasted. The body needs good nutrition to make sure that it can support the work being done. Eating a diet rich in protein, vegetables, fruits and good fats is the way to go if you are looking for a boost in workouts.
- You’re not mixing up your routine enough
Sticking to the same routine for 6 months can be the biggest culprit impacting your results. We’d recommend that you change your workout every three to four weeks. This gives your body the ability to work hard and make gains, but before it starts to get used to the daily routine, you fool your body and make a quick change to a new routine. That change will shock your muscles and force them to work harder to keep up with the change. You will be surprised at how quickly you will see results by changing your routine every several weeks.
Some of these are very quick fixes that could prove to help generate great results, so give them a go and let us know how you get on!