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4 Reasons Why Your Workouts Aren’t Working

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4 Reasons Why Your Workouts Aren’t Working

You’ve been working out for months and yet, when you step on a scale—the numbers looking back at you are not the ones you wanted them to be! You look into the mirror but you still don’t see the type of body you have been working tirelessly for. Needless to say, your workout is simply not working out.

In all honesty, this scenario is not something new. It is quite common for some people who spend time at the gym to actually experience this.

While there is no universal or specific solution to this dilemma, the culprit of your problem may be one of the things listed below. Find out which one it may be and see if you can make a slight change to see the major change you’ve been longing for.

1. You’re not working out enough.

Sure, you are working out. But you might only be working out twice a month or as much as once a week!

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And you wonder why things aren’t changing? Obviously, you are not working out enough. Or maybe you are working out frequently but with the same intensity again and again without ever changing your workout routine.

That’s also not going to work!

To be able to see changes in your body, it needs to be challenged from time to time. Perhaps, you’ve even been working out consistently but not challenging yourself enough to deliver the right results.

If you are new to working out, you may want to work out 3-4 times a week, which is 3-4 hours of physical exercise per week, if you really want to see some evident results. And to avoid getting used to your usual workouts, it is best to change your workout routine as well as its intensity from time to time.

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2. You’re working out too much.

Quite the opposite of those who don’t work out enough are those who spend way too much time in the gym.

Yes, there is such thing as over-working-out.

If you are the type of person who works out so much that your calendar has no room for rest days—this might be the problem. A common misconception is that if you work out super hard, you’re going to see your expected results quickly. But this may not be the case since working out too hard might just be straining and breaking your muscles instead of actually building them. Adding a power shake to your post-workout routine will help your body recover and get recharged for your next session. There are also many proven vitamins and supplements that you can look into that are sure to accelerate muscle renewal. Never forget to rest because resting also means gaining the strength you need in order to survive the rest of your routines.

3. Your workout routine is wrong.

The idea of “working out” may already be enough for you. But in reality, there are certain routines that have a lot more of an impact than others. This is an important aspect to consider if you really want to see results.

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Understandably, your workout routine should be in accordance with the results you want to achieve. If you’re lifting, make sure you’re lifting the right weights.

Want to bulk up? Add more weight.

This may require you to talk to a workout routine expert to find out which exercises are best for you. It is also important to change up your routine from time to time.  There are a lot of fun and unique ways to switch up your workout routine. Drop the weights and get moving with a Zumba class or try indoor biking, the options to break a sweat in the gym are plentiful.

4. Your diet is wrong.

People can work out for days and still not see changes if they are eating the wrong foods. If you are trying to lose weight, working out will never be enough. A change in your diet must be done—that is, eating more natural and whole foods while avoiding the junk. Fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and increasing protein intake will definitely aid your workout. You should also avoid overeating. More so, you should not be rewarding yourself with a heavy meal after every workout.

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It’s also best if you divide your food into smaller portions throughout the day. That being said, snacking will help you avoid overeating during meals.

Don’t worry if you aren’t seeing major changes yet—it’s never too late. You can always adjust your routines and diet in order to see what’s best for your body. Remember, getting fit is not something you can just do in a snap of a finger, it takes a lot of planning, scheduling and dieting. And if you do some tweaking in the things mentioned above, your workout will, most likely, finally work for you.

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Last Updated on September 8, 2021

10 Fitness Excuses You Need to Stop Making Now

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10 Fitness Excuses You Need to Stop Making Now

“You can have results or excuses. Not both.” – Anonymous

Human beings tend to only ever do as much as they absolutely need to.

Motivational speakers call this innate trait laziness, biologists call it efficiency. Either way, the fact remains: we are evolutionary wired to minimize time and energy wherever possible.

And this is not necessarily a bad thing. If we weren’t wired this way, we probably wouldn’t have survived this long as a species.

Back in our caveman days, before supermarkets, calories were worth their weight in gold. For cavemen, trying to actively burn off calories would have spelled certain death.

In this light, our fitness excuses make total sense. Our reptilian brain comes up with believable sounding rationalizations to stop us from burning off our precious calories; to minimize time and energy.

Unfortunately, due to our present access to highly calorific foods, the fitness excuses that once ensured our survival, now send us to an early grave.

Below I’ve provided the 10 most common fitness excuses our reptilian minds trick us into believing and why, ultimately, they’re all nonsense.

1. I don’t have enough time.

This is probably the most common fitness excuse of them all.

First off, when you say you don’t have enough time, what you’re really saying is “I don’t have enough time for that”. 

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Do you really think that if you were to add up all the time you spend watching TV and surfing the web throughout the average week you couldn’t replace any of it with a workout?

A 30 minute workout takes up 2% of your day.

Don’t ask yourself how much time you’re going to waste by working out a few times a week. Ask yourself how much of your life you’re going to waste being unfit and overweight.

2. I’m way too tired to workout.

Your mind, when it comes to exercising, is like a spoiled child. If you give in to its demands without a fight, it will see weakness and prey on it often.

If you miss one planned session, you’re much more likely to miss the next. The biggest journey always starts with one step and the biggest failings always start with one step backwards.

You need to show your mind who’s boss. You won’t always have lots of energy when you go to the gym but that doesn’t matter. The only thing that counts is showing up and giving it a shot.

If you’re too tired to workout, change your sleeping habits, not your workout habits.

3. But exercise is so boring!

You don’t want to exercise because it’s boring?

So you find brushing your teeth, taking showers, styling your hair and getting dressed highly entertaining? No. We do these things because we have to. We accept them as part of life.

The people who never miss a workout are the ones who view it just like brushing their teeth. Complaining about it is just pointless. To be successful sometimes you’ve got to do things that aren’t as fun as watching your favorite TV show. That’s just life.

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If don’t enjoy your workouts, you don’t stop working out, you just workout differently. Try crossfit, martial arts, hiking, body building, powerlifting, running, or swimming. Try music. Try anything, but keep showing up.

4. I have no motivation to workout.

If you think you need motivation to train you’re already half beat.

What you really need is meta motivation: the motivation to train even when you’re not motivated. If you rely on your feelings to decide whether to workout or not, you never will. As you know, your feelings are designed to keep you caged up in your comfort pit.  Your feelings want you to be safe, not successful.

That said, there is a trick you can use to get yourself motivated to workout, and it’s  backed up with research. It’s called ‘the few minutes’ principle.

The basic idea is that procrastinators often put off doing certain things because the size of the task in front of them seems too overwhelming. By deciding to just go to the gym for a ‘few minutes’ you’ll often see the workout through to completion.

Are you motivated enough to train for two minutes? That’s all you need.

5. I have kids to look after.

One day your kids might have someone to look after too: you.

Don’t burden them with an ill parent when they have their own kids to look after. And don’t be the kind of parent who tells their kids exercise is good for them but doesn’t follow their own advice. Kids are smarter than that.

If you’re really struggling with managing your fitness and your kids, combine the two. Find a field and play frisbee for a few hours, go swimming, take a walk around the lake and feed some ducks. There are so many fun and cheap ways to exercise with your kids, the only limits are your imagination.

You kids should be your biggest reason to exercise, not your biggest excuse.

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6. I don’t have anyone to train with.

What you’re really saying with this fitness excuse is that you don’t have anyone to talk with while you train. If you’re training properly, you won’t need to talk.

Don’t get me wrong, having a training partner is great but here’s what you’ve got to understand: most people first meet their training partners at the gym. The reason you probably don’t have anyone to train with is because you don’t have many friends who train. Like attracts like.

By becoming someone who regularly trains, you’ll start attracting people into your life who also value health and fitness. You have to earn your training partners, they don’t come free.

7. I don’t feel very well.

After you get into the habit of overriding your fitness excuses and working out regularly, the thought of missing a workout starts to drive you insane. When I broke my jaw in two places the doctors told me I couldn’t lift heavy weights for three months. What did I do? I lifted light weights instead. Train smart, not hard.

At some point in our lives we’ve all pretended to be ill so we could skip a day of school. Some of the better actors among us probably blurred the lines in their mind between real symptoms and those imagined. It’s easy to exaggerate things when it fits our agenda.

If you’re really sick, I don’t recommend you train. But feeling a bit tired or achy – that’s no reason to skip a workout.

8. The gym is too expensive or far.

If you think you need a gym to achieve your fitness goals, you’ve been seriously misled.

The world is your fitness playground. Ever watched a training scene from a Rocky movie? He chases chickens, runs up steps, punches meat, and chops wood. Many people cite these scenes as their favorite.  Something about training dirty and raw resonates deep within us.

There are whole fitness subcultures dedicated to working out outdoors, and without formal equipment. Ever heard of Calisthenics, Tai Chi, Yoga or Parkour? Look them up.

If you want to put on muscle, try some typical strongman training like chopping wood, flipping tires, lifting barrels. Remember, if it’s important enough to you, you’ll find a way. Arnold Schwarzenegger made his own gym equipment out of chairs and sticks for the first year he trained. He claims he gained 25 pounds of muscle from doing this.

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9. I don’t know how to train properly.

If you’re reading this article, you’re obviously more than capable of figuring this out. The internet is brimming with routines and training tips. This site alone will give you more than you need. Read these 10 tips for better workouts, perfect for beginners.

However, it’s important that you don’t get too engulfed in the theory of ‘training properly’. Like most things in life, you learn best on the job. Ask people in the gym to show you how to use proper technique, then practice through action.

People love giving out tips. You might even get a training partner out of it.

10. I feel intimidated by the fit people there.

This is normal and everyone has this when they first start out. The environment is new, everyone there looks like they know what they’re doing. You feel like you’re in someone else’s home.

The number one reason you feel intimidated when you go to the gym is because you don’t go enough! If you started going regularly you’d get used to the place, the people and your fitness would improve. Everyone knows training improves your confidence. Just stick with it. It’s something you’ll laugh at a few months down the line.

Anyone can get in great shape. Anyone can become fit. But very few people ever do because they give in to their natural inclination to minimize time and effort.

Stop making excuses and just stick with it for two months. After that you’ll be finding excuses to workout even when you do have important stuff to get on with.

Featured photo credit: United Artists, Chartoff-Winkler Productions via Rocky (1976)

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