Top 6 reasons why your fitness regime does not work

Working out without a plan

If you do not have a plan and have not set any goals for yourself, you are training without any focus, and basically just doing whatever. In order to achieve any results you need goals to measure achievements. If you are training for a (half) marathon or just working out to lose weight you will need different training programs. But we can't all be fitness experts, so ask the fitness instructor at your gym to help you set up a training schedule. Or have a look around the internet to find a schedule to fit your personal needs. Just type into google 'marathon training schedule', 'training schedule to lose weight', or 'healthy training schedule'. This will make your training sessions a lot more efficient. But make sure you set goals you can measure, like how much weight you have lost, how far or how long you can run for, or how much weight you will be able to lift. This way you can measure your progress. This is very useful for changing and tweaking your training schedule, and it is also a lot of fun to see yourself improve.

Forgetting about your food

When you work out and live an active lifestyle you need plenty of energy to keep you going. The human body gets this energy from the food it takes in. So when you do not eat healthy, you will not get the energy you need. In order to be healthy you need a complete and balanced diet. Eat plenty of vegetables, and make sure you get enough protein, healthy fats, and some carbs. If you eat rubbish, you will feel like rubbish. Especially when you work out to lose or maintain your weight, you need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. If you are unsure if you are eating right, consult a dietician.

Not enough rest in between work-outs

When you have worked out intensively your body needs some time to heal. So make sure you have plenty of rest in between training sessions. When your muscles ache this means they are healing, and getting stronger. If you do not allow yourself enough rest and allow your body to heal in between training sessions, you will do more damage than good. If you continually overtrain you can develop serious injuries, and this can mean you won't be able to train anymore at all. Have at least one day of rest in between intense work-out sessions, and more if you feel you need it. It is very important to listen to your body. When you feel more pain than usual, or a different kind of pain, be very careful. Do not overexert yourself, and do not work through the pain, it is there for a reason.

Training only certain body parts

A lot of people only train their abs doing sit-ups, but in this way you only train certain muscles. In order tot get a nice six-pack you will need to train all the muscles on your stomach by doing different exercises. Or people only train their legs, or only upper body strength. It is better and more challenging to train every part of your body, This way you look more sculpted, and in proportion. You will not lose your belly fat by just doing sit-ups, and you will not tighten your butt by just training that part of your body. In order to lose fat and gain muscles you need to train your entire body. It is also more fun to change your work-out routines every now and then. So mix it up with weight training, endurance training, and card.

Doing the same thing over and over

Just because something worked before, does not mean it will keep working forever. So up the intensity of your training, up the number of repeats, up the weights, or just do something entirely different. Your body tends to get used to exercising, so when you never change your work-out, it will no longer be a challenge for your body, and you will not get the benefits you used to get before.

Not using correct technique

If you do not have the right posture, do exercises in the wrong way or do not use equipment correctly, you can fall victim to painful injuries. So if you do not know what you are doing, always ask for help. If you work-out in a gym there are always trainers around to help you out. Or maybe hire a personal trainer for one or two sessions, just to help you out with proper form. There is a lot of information on the internet about the correct way to do a certain exercise. Or have a look around Youtube for lots of informational clips on working out.

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CyclingFitness 3 years ago from Nottingham UK

Nice list, too often gym goers get into habits they need to shake off.

In endurance terms I see lots of athletes who do too much high intensity work whilst not factoring endurance and technique sessions during their in- season. In some ways the current gym emphasis on intensity such as insanity and p90x can lead to burn out. Factoring rest into a regime is vital for long term success.

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