Do you put in the hours in at the gym week in, week out, only to be left feeling frustrated when you don't see the progress you were hoping for? It can be completely demoralising to feel like all your hard work has been wasted, especially when you have no idea why. If this sounds like you, check out the reasons below that could explain how you're sabotaging your workouts....
Not Refuelling Properly
It might sound cheesy, but you get out what you put in! You can't expect to see results if you aren't fuelling your workouts properly and replenishing your muscles afterwards with something high in protein and carbohydrates. Need some inspiration? We love chocolate whey protein, frozen banana and hazelnut milk for a super simple post-workout smoothie!
Not Getting Enough Sleep
We all know how a good night sleep can do us the world of good, and yet so many of us still aren’t getting enough. When we're asleep is when our muscles get chance to repair after exercise, in order to grow. And as if that wasn't reason enough to head to bed before midnight, getting to bed too late will also have a huge effect on your energy levels and mood. This means your workouts are likely to suffer and you're more likely to reach for a sugary snack when your body is craving energy.
Not Prioritising Good Nutrition
There's a reason athletes eat the way they do - good nutrition has a huge impact on your sporting performance. You can't out-train a bad diet and so it's time to get honest about what you're really eating.... especially if your goal is fat-loss.
Not Taking Rest Days
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" - that's how the saying goes right? In order to make progress, it seems logical that you need to do more work and push yourself harder. However, it's important to remember that rest days are a crucial part of your training programme and not giving yourself time to recover could, in fact, be hindering your progress - leaving you injury-prone, unmotivated and suffering from poor sleep. Think this sounds like you? Check out our blogpost on the importance of taking a rest day to find out more...
Doing The Same Workouts
You can't expect your body or abilities to change if your workout is always the same! Doing the same workout routine week in, week out is likely to be the reason for your plateau. So it's time to switch things up! Try out a new class or find a personal trainer who can give you a new programme that will keep your body guessing.