You got this, you hit the gym, clean up your diet … you will be super fit in no time! Right? Yup, but if you are not making progress perhaps you need to tweak a few things.
Here are 8 common mistakes and reasons why you are failing at your fitness goals
You have not written your goals down:
Studies show that those who write their goals down (literally with a paper and pen) are more likely to succeed. So write down your goals and keep them visually around you! We recommend writing down three solid goals that are measurable and timely. For example, lost 10 lbs in 12 weeks. Also ensure you have a method for MEASURING your goals!
You have no timelines or deadlines:
Your goals need to be measurable and time sensitive. Give yourself a deadline and work towards it! Also ensure that you have a method for measuring your goals! Before pics work great for those of you looking to lose weight!
You quit too soon:
The body is a complex machine that needs TIME to adapt to strength training and diets. When it comes to weight training, it generally takes about 3 months to see VISUAL changes! Furthermore, habits take 21 days to form… so don’t just quit if you do not see results immediately. Keep focused and continue, results come little at a time.
You skip your workouts:
This is a no brainer but if you are inconsistent with your workouts, you can’t expect results. Strength training must be repetitive and progressive… eg. You have to practice chin-ups consistently in order to learn to do chin-ups.
You do not meal prep:
Another BIG one! Set yourself up for success! Plan your meals and snacks, go shopping and meal prep! Nutrition is a key component to fitness. Make a grocery list, go shopping and cook! Check out our meal prep guide here for more details!\
You are not prepared to sacrifice:
Yup, getting healthy requires sacrifice! You may have to cut out those late night dinners with friends or be prepared to get up early to workout. If you are unwilling to make a few sacrifices, then forming new healthy habits will be very difficult. Write down what you are willing to sacrifice in the short term to get to your goals. Can you cut out the alcohol for a few weeks? Are you able to commit to earlier bed time to hit the gym early morning?
Your workouts are too lazy:
Remember you have to push out of your comfort zone in order for your body to become faster, stronger, leaner. Lifting the same weights, doing the same routine, and taking long breaks will not help you improve. Make sure you have a program that is fun and progressive (like the one here!)
You do not have a support group:
Another big reason for failure, working out with friends and sharing your goals with your family helps you keep on track. Go out there and find support, it makes the journey much easier and more fun! Join a fitness class, an online challenge or grab a friend to workout!
If any of the above sounds familiar, make sure to create an action plan and FIX IT. It may be useful to also check out a structured workout and meal plan to help you achieve your goals.