Are you self-sabotaging your workouts? Most of us don’t even know when we create our own obstacles. Here are 5 ways you self-sabotage your workouts!
There are many ways to self-sabotage yourself without even knowing it. Sometimes it’s a mental game, sometimes you might be doing the right things at the wrong time, and sometimes, you might not be doing enough. Here are a few mishaps you may be doing without realizing the impact it’s making on your health goals. Are you sabotaging your workouts?
Not Getting Enough Sleep
I say this daily, get at least eight hours of sleep. Sleep is when your body is doing amazing things. Your body is healing, growing muscle, and continuing to burn fat. All that hard work you put into yourself won't give back 100% if you don't treat your body right. If you do not see results, take a look at your sleeping pattern and adjust if needed. You will feel stronger and more energized as well.
Great Workout, Wrong Foods
Are you putting in the work, eating relatively clean, sleeping well, but still seeing mediocre results? It may be time to take a closer look at your daily nutrients. Sometimes subtle changes can make a huge difference. Are your daily nutrients balanced to your needs? Maybe you started lifting more weights at the gym, but your protein intake is a little low. Perhaps you are indulging in a few drinks every Friday and Saturday night with your friends after work. Seems harmless, but all those empty calories add up, slows down muscle repair, and dehydrates you. Track your diet for a couple of weeks, and see what’s going on. If you can’t figure it out, visit a nutritionist with your food journal to help get your food requirements on track.
Afraid of Change
This can be a touchy topic especially for people trying to lose weight, but it happens. Some people are afraid of change. Period. Some people are dedicated, do the right things, but when positive body changes start happening, it freaks them out. People can find it difficult to see themselves change. Without a support system to encourage someone with this type of personality, changes are severe. Some people stop and go back to their old habits and routines once progress has been made because they are comforted by who they were, not who they are becoming. If you find yourself in this situation, I urge you to push through, surround yourself with positivity, and seek out the aid of a personal trainer who can help to encourage you along your journey if that would help. Don’t let the mental game sabotage you from achieving your goals. Take control, and become who you want to be.
Let’s face it. You will not get results if you are not putting in the work. It’s great that you have made that conscious decision to get active, however, if it’s once in a while, or a couple of times a week you are self-sabotaging not only the work you’ve done but also an expectation of seeing real, lasting results. It is a frustrating situation because you can do this! You don’t have to be in a gym setting five days a week to reap the benefits. Get out outside and take a bike ride or brisk walk. If you’re in an apartment complex, utilize the stairs as your jungle gym by running up and down them, or doing tricep dips and pushups on them. Your body loves the variety, and you may see results quicker by trying new thing. So instead of not doing anything, do something and get moving five times a week. Along with a proper diet, you will be craving activity time once you start seeing some minor changes.
Social Media Junkie
Are you socializing on social media during your workouts? Your head may not be 100% in the game. All those extra breaks you are taking to document your workout may be ruining your workout groove. Your heart rate decreases, the focus on your workout is lacking, and your gym time is longer.
If you are sabotaging your workouts, it is not too late to get back in the game and achieve some amazing results. The proper diet to achieve your goals, weekly consistency, plus getting your focus and determination aligned with your goals will leave you feeling victorious!
Stay Happy and Healthy!