Sick of Training? You cringe for just the thought of putting your workout gear on and hitting the gym? We’ve all been there at least once. I have good news, there’s hope to stay on track with your fitness goals.
Many people fall into the trap of exercising way more than they should in fear of losing momentum and going back to their old habits and gain weight. It takes a lot for even athletes to reach a state of overtraining, but if you feel exhausted, tired and unmotivated to train, that should be a red flag.
There are three main reasons you may be experiencing the above symptoms:
In most cases the first two come together, too little rest and two little nutrients (note I didn’t say food). Here are 5 easy ways to get yourself out of the ditch and start loving exercise again.
1. Have a De-load Week
If exercising is a drag, you’re likely not putting enough effort in any way, so just stop for a week, two at most and spend your free time doing things you enjoy.
There are 52 weeks in a year, if you don’t sweat for one or two of those, nothing bad will happen. If you hit a wall and break due to pushing when you should be stopping, you may be out for months. Get a grip before that happens, take a break, go for yoga, get a massage or just take long walks.
2. Tweak Your Diet
You may be having too few calories or too little carbohydrates, potentially both. If you are calorie counting, ask your coach to re-calculate your calorie intake based on your activity levels and recommend you a higher-carb macronutrient ratio.
If you are using other means of portion control, add a handful of carbohydrate-rich food to your dinner and have an extra snack in the day for a week and see what happens.
3. Get More Sleep
This may sound cliché but running on 6 hours of sleep on average will bite you in the backside sooner or later. If you can’t get 7-8 hours of sleep in one go overnight, try having short power naps in the day. Cutting back on caffeine in the afternoon may also help with your sleep.
4. Find a New Sport or Class
Loving what you do is the key for long-term success and sustainability. If you fell out of love with your current routine, look around and try new things. If you stay active, you will progress towards your fitness goals regardless of the activity.
It doesn’t even have to be tough, just make sure it’s fun. Try a fun dance class, boxing or a team sport and see how you feel after one or two sessions.
5. Find a Training Buddy
You can have the best workout designed by an expert coach, but if you can’t make yourself to stick to it, you won’t make progress. Find someone who is just as serious about hitting their fitness goals as you are and understands that you both are there to exercise and not to chat.
Have questions on any of the above or just need some direction in your fitness plan? Feel free to message me for a commitment-free chat!
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My name is Calumn Duthie, founder of CD Fitness Coaching. You’ll find me in and around the gym and helping like minded people just like you get the results they deserve. I enjoy everything from keeping fit, yoga, snowboarding, coffee and making people happy. If you would like to improve your nutrition, training and mindset then you definitely want to be part of my bigger community. Join my Facebook group,Healthy Living With CD Fitness Coaching is a must.