Many of us struggle with the idea of fitness. Getting to the right body-weight, maintaining it, eating right, getting regular exercise are all things that we know we should be doing but are hardly ever able to achieve. In our endless search for the perfect fitness solution, many of us end up losing complete track of our fitness goals.
One of the most common examples is getting a gym membership. You get a membership on the recommendation of your friend who’s been going on and on about how amazing its facilities are. Once you do, you begin working out like a fiend for a few days. Maybe your friend takes a break or you are too tired one day, but one of you falls by the wayside and then so does the other, only to let the membership lapse by, without nary another workout.
If this is how most of your fitness resolutions have turned out you do not need to fear, understanding how your body functions could be the game-changer for you. Here are a few reasons why you might be failing at fitness:
You believe you need to watch your diet
Watching your diet is all well and good but when it is not in concert with the amount of exercise you are putting in it actually works as a major detriment to your body.
You are not pacing yourself
Muscles are not built in a day. Exercise, like most good things, requires an endless amount of patience and dedication. Working out manically may not only injure you it will also make sure you do not exercise again for some time.
Not doing the right exercise
If despite working out and eating right you are not losing weight, or gaining weight, depending on how you want it to go, you may be doing the wrong exercise. Taking advice from a fitness instructor for the best exercise for you is always a good idea.
Your plan is too overambitious
You need to learn how to walk before you begin running. Having an exercise regimen which is demanding is all well and good but you need to be in a condition to practice it with regularity day-in and day-out.
You are going at it alone
One of the biggest problems people have during workouts is the absolute lack of conversation, and thus, boredom.
These among many other things may be the reason why your fitness regime might be taking a hit. Here are a few things you can do to change that:
Get a nutritionist
Take help from a nutritionist or dietitian to help you formulate a dietary plan that is in tandem with your workout routine.
Listen to your fitness instructor
A fitness instructor, by definition, helps you get fitter. Listening to him might be a brilliant start if you are looking to hit the gym.
Get a fitness buddy
Get someone to join you for the workout or better still make friends at your gym or sports-club so that you are not bored going at it alone.
Understand your body
One of the most important things to do before beginning a workout is to understand what your body needs. Making sure that you are not doing anything that your body isn’t suited for, in terms of exercise, is what will make sure you do it on a regular basis.