Whether you’ve been going to the gym for a month or a year, there’s no doubt that you’ll eventually hit some kind of plateau that prevents you from continuing with your current pace. In many cases, this could just be down to your body finally reaching a level of equilibrium where the number of calories you take in are now equal to the amount you use.
However, your lifestyle could also be adversely affecting your progress at the gym, so in this article, we’re going to cover five of the most common things that could be slowing you down and preventing you from reaching your goals.
- A lack of sleep
Working out a lot is great, but only if your body can keep up with it. Make sure you take a few days off and give your body some time to rest and relax by sleeping. Once you regain your energy, you can push your body again and reach new fitness goals.
- No variety in your workouts
It’s important to add some variety in your workouts so that your body doesn’t get too accustomed to its current routine. Add new exercises into your routine and swap out old ones that feel too easy so that you can give your body the workout it needs.
- Poor nutrition
Nutrition is also a problem when it comes to pushing your gym progress. Make sure you’re eating the right foods to give yourself the nutrition you need and consider visiting a supplement store if you’re unable to get the macronutrients to bulk up. If you’re trying to lose weight, then make sure the calories you eat are filled with good nutrients instead of simply being empty.
- Losing motivation
Motivation helps to push us in the right direction and gives us a source of mental energy. However, It comes in many forms, such as having a workout partner, an important weight loss goal or even a personal trainer that pumps you up before your workout starts. If you feel like you’ve lost the mental push you needed, then you could be lacking motivation.
- No short-term goals
Long-term goals are easy to define because they typically don’t have a timeframe. For instance, you might just want to “lose weight” but you’re free to say how much weight you want to lose and in what timeframe. However, if you really want to push yourself then it’s important to also make short-term goals that aren’t always related to weight. For instance, you could set a short-term goal to add another few reps to your sets or even mix in a new exercise to shock your body and add variety to your workout.
Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into what could potentially be limiting your progress at the gym. It’s often difficult to identify these types of limitations and how to overcome them, but this guide should have given you some idea of where to look in the future should you reach another plateau.