You hit the gym three times a week, you sweat it out for an hour each time, and you enjoy our constantly varied workouts so you’re still having fun. So why aren’t you seeing any results? Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at your workout routine to see where you might be going wrong.
Not All Workouts Are Created Equal
You need to make sure that you’re challenging yourself enough. If your goal is to lose weight, then you need to be burning more calories than you’re taking in (there is more to it than that but that is for a different day). This means pushing yourself a little bit harder than you’re comfortable with—after all, no one ever got in shape by staying in their comfort zone! The same goes for Muscle gain; if you’re not lifting heavy weights and challenging your muscles, they’re not going to grow. And finally, if you want to improve your cardiovascular health, then you need to make sure your heart rate is elevated for a sustained period of time. Again, this means pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone.
Not Giving Your Body Enough Time To Recover
Another common mistake people make when working out is not giving their bodies enough time to recover between workouts. When you work out, you are actually causing small tears in your muscles. These tears are necessary for muscle growth, but they can only occur if given the proper time to heal. If you work out the same muscle groups too often without giving your body enough time to recover, then you’re actually just setting yourself back.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Finally, one of the most important things for seeing results from your workout routine is getting enough sleep. When we sleep, our bodies release human growth hormone (HGH), which helps our muscles recover from our workouts and grow larger over time. So if you’re not getting enough sleep—which means at least 7-8 hours per night—then all those hours spent working out will have been for nothing!
Not Eating Enough Protein
Protein is essential for building muscle, but unfortunately, a lot of people don’t get nearly enough of it. If you want to see results from your workouts, make sure you’re eating plenty of lean protein such as chicken, fish, tofu, legumes, and eggs.
Not Staying Hydrated
Water is essential for all aspects of health, including physical activity. When you exercise, your body loses water through sweat—and if you don’t replace those fluids, you’ll start to feel fatigued and weak. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day—and especially before, and after your workouts.
Not Tracking Your Progress
If you don’t track your progress, it’s impossible to know whether or not your workout regimen is actually working. Keep a workout journal and log everything from the number of reps and sets you complete to how much weight you lift for each exercise, we use an app for this. This will help you see exactly how far you’ve come and make any necessary adjustments to your routine along the way.
There’s no doubt about it: regular exercise is essential for good health. But if you’re not seeing the results you want from your efforts at the gym, there could be a reason why. One of the best ways to identify why and set a plan of action is to schedule a meeting with one of our coaches so we can assess the situation, address your concerns, and build a plan that lets you make some progress!