So you’re getting up early every day and heading out to train … yet nothing’s happening, what’s wrong?

It’s so depressing when you’re making all the efforts and you’re not seeing results, but sticking on a pair of runners and joining your local bootcamp does not automatically equal better fitting jeans. It takes a full lifestyle change.
If you’re struggling to reach your goals despite believing you’re doing all the right things, check this list out and make sure you’re not being held back by these self-sabotaging habits.

  1. You don’t get enough sleep

Everything is harder when you’re tired, let alone trying to push your limits in each workout. Try heading to bed a little earlier for a few nights and see if it gives you the extra energy you need to go a little harder in your training. If you find you can’t fall asleep at an earlier time try turning off ALL technology and sitting in bed with a good book. This will relax your mind ready for sleep. You’ll also avoid falling into the ‘I’m too tired to train’ trap. In my experience, this is the most common excuse of all to drop a training session.

  1. Your diet is all wrong

Your body needs good nutrition to perform at its best, so make sure you’re getting plenty of lean protein and plenty of green, leafy vegetables. Of course, even if you’re eating well, if you’re supplementing your chicken breast and broccoli at dinner with a block of chocolate and a bottle of red wine, you’re pretty likely to experience a lack of results. Cut back on those special treats to intensify your results. Remember you can’t out-train a bad diet.

  1. You’re doing the same workouts

If your workout is always the same, your body will always be the same. When you stick to the same workout all or most of the time, your muscles adapt to the exercises and it becomes a less effective way to burn fat and calories. Your body also needs time to recover so it’s important to mix up your workouts to give it time to recuperate and repair. Before you run off to change your workout try increasing your weights used each time.

  1. You take shortcuts

Are you putting everything into your workout, or do you make little excuses to keep things comfortable? “I’ll just drop straight to my knees in these push-ups because I’ll be able to do more”, “I’ll stick to these weights because I don’t want to bulk up”, “I have to get back to work after this session, so I won’t get too sweaty”. These excuses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can become very creative. Fact is though, they are just that — they’re excuses, designed to keep you in your comfort zone. And we all know what happens in your comfort zone. Not much.

  1. You’re socialising during your workouts

The social side of training can be great, but not if it’s distracting you from achieving your fitness goals. Stay focused on what you’re doing and avoid turning your workout into a social event. Leave your phone in your locker as well. If you’re having a text conversation while you’re lifting weights, your rests are probably too long. If you’re answering the phone during a run, you’re giving yourself an excuse to slow down.
If you’re making the effort to workout, hold yourself accountable. Avoid falling into traps that rob you of the results you deserve by identifying the self-sabotaging habits that might be getting in the way. Even changing one or two of these habits could be the key to unlocking the results you’re looking for. Why not give it a go? =)