Well done! You’ve carved out the time for workouts. You’re showing up and the hard work and dedication appeared to pay off. But now you’ve hit a wall. Why are you not seeing the gains you want to?
Probably because you’re making one of these mistakes that have a huge impact on advancing your fitness goals:
- Not enough rest. Get your sleep. This is when your muscles repair themselves. Are you getting 6-8 hours of solid sleep a night? If not, focus on getting to bed earlier. Take baby steps if you must. Try getting your face to the pillow at least 30 minutes earlier this week. You’ll notice the difference.
- Stress. If you’re burning the candle at both ends and squeezing in the gym it’s not healthy. Stress raises levels of cortisol in your body which encourages fat storage around the belly. Take a look at your life and schedule and declutter. Step back and focus on what’s important and must be done. Cut out the unnecessary activities from your day.
- Diet. This cannot be said enough. If you want to see physical changes fitness routines alone will not make a substantial, long term impact. You need to make healthier food choices, control portion sizes and fuel your body with small meals and snacks throughout the day.
- Mix it up. Are you doing the same fitness routine over and over? Your mind and body are bored with it. It’s no longer a challenge. You need to switch up your fitness routine every 4-6 weeks. Try different exercises, different sets and reps, higher weights, lower weights or a new activity.
Tweak one or all of these and you’ll break through that plateau in no time.