3 Reasons Why You're Not Seeing Results From Your Fitness Efforts
In college, I had a solid schedule because I was a student-athlete. I had class in the mornings, I had to make sure I had lunch before track practice, practice was at 3:30, then strength training, and then study hall, if we were assigned. After weights and/or study hall, I had dinner. After dinner, of course, if I had any reading or more work to do for a class, it got done that night once I was settled back in my dorm. I had a system. I had a plan. And what I've noticed since being out of college and living this adult life, is that those plans and systems still have to be in place, even moreso when I need to keep up my fitness game to get the results I was looking for.
You won't achieve your fitness goals if you don't have a plan. Period.
You won't achieve your career goals if you don't have a plan. Period.
If you don't have a plan, you can't track your progress, and you can't celebrate your success because you don't even know where you stand!
Here are the 3 things you need in order to see results from your workout efforts.
1. Gym Plan
When you go to the gym, do you find yourself meandering around, maybe hopping on the treadmill for a few minutes? Oh, and how about the elliptical for a little bit, because we all know that the elliptical takes the pressure off of your knees. Then eventually, you go around to a few more machines to say you did a full body workout. This habit of a gym workout is killing your #yearroundfine and is a waste of time for you. Having a solid workout plan of action is what actually saves you time, helps you to be more efficient with your plans for the day, and helps you achieve your goals faster.
2. Healthy Eating Plan
When you're eating right, there's no question that you're going to get the fitness results you desire. Feeding your body properly gives your muscles the fuel they need to repair after they've been broken down during your workout. So going out and crushing a hard workout only to say "I can have this milkshake and fries tonight because I worked hard in my workout earlier", while it sounds yummy, will not breed healthy eating choices. Be consistent. One healthy eating choice will lead to another if you stick to your plan.
3. A Set Schedule
Are you going to have a morning routine or an afternoon routine? What about a nighttime routine while everyone is asleep? While these are all great times to workout and it will take a few tries to find the one time that works for your schedule, constantly changing around when you workout is not helping your workout. You know that whole consistency kick that everyone talks about? Well, this is definitely no exception. If you are flaky with picking and sticking to a time where you devote 30-45 minutes of workout time to yourself, you're going to get flaky results. As long as working out is not firmly set in your schedule, you will continue to be stagnant in reaching your fitness goals. Understanding that things happen, commit to a time when you're going to workout, and stick to it.