It’s still getting worse after everything I’ve tried

What if we decide to break these walls?

It’s already 2 weeks into the new year. So how are things going? I’m thinking things are going one of two ways: you’re well on your way to reaching your fitness goal, or you are already thinking about other ways to spend your time than in the gym.

Did you read my last couple of posts and instead of going full blast you decided to ease into it? I hope so because that is a good strategy to keep motivated and not get burned out. If you are starting to struggle to keep motivated and to keep going to the gym or wherever it is you train, I think now is a good time to reevaluate your approach.

Stand back

Evaluate why you are having a hard time to get motivated. I’m going to list some things that can impact motivation and see if one or more of them seem to be applicable:

  • Lack of sleep – If you are tired due to lack of sleep the primary thing on your mind is getting sleep. It can be tough to get motivated just to carry out simple things when tired so no wonder you are having a hard time getting yourself out for a workout.
    • Remedy: Umm, sleep. That’s it. Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep if you can.
  • Getting sick, lack of energy – If you find that you are becoming sick more frequently than normal, are lacking energy even when at the gym there’s a good chance you have over trained. Sometimes we feel that if working out for an hour is beneficial than working out for 2 or 3 hours should be even better, right? Not necessarily. If you aren’t eating properly, getting the proper rest, and have awesome genetics than you are venturing into the territory of over training. The immune system becomes compromised and we get sick
    • Remedy: Stop over training! Reduce your workout by 50%. Do that for a week or two and see how you feel. Listen to your body and what it is telling you. One of the worst things that can happen when over training is injury. A way for your body to get you to finally listen and stop training.
  • Poor eating – Food is the fuel for our body that gets converted to energy. Garbage in / garbage out. If you aren’t eating well there is a good change you aren’t feeling well too. The food we eat has a big influence on our moods.
    • Remedy: Educate yourself on proper nutrition. Or to keep it simple start to eliminate simple carbs such as juice, pop, chips, candy, etc. Start eating complex carbs such as grains, vegetables. Check to see if you are getting enough protein for your body to rebuild itself. A general rule is .5 to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight based on your activity level. The more active the higher amount of protein needed. Be sure to eat healthy fats too. Olive oil, coconut oil are good oils to use.

The same message

More of my posts lately have been focusing on how to get to the gym or wherever it is you workout instead of what to do when you are there. Why? Because if you aren’t even working out than what good is it knowing proper technique. We are at that time again where the gyms are full. But, not much longer and they will start to empty, again, like they did last year, and the year before that and…

Will this post make a difference? I don’t know but if it keeps one person working out instead of packing it in than it’s a success.

Don’t quit. Take one day at a time. Be in the minority and be proud of it.

Yours in health,

Darryl

Author: darryl bennett

A certified Canfitpro personal trainer specialist, and a Yondan (4th Degree) black belt in Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan karate, training at Ferraro Karate under Sensei Stephen Ferraro. Also holding a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from ECornell University. Fitness and health have been a big part of my life, and always will be.

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