Exercising shouldn’t be a burden. One of our missions at EVO is to prove that working out can be fun and playful and still help you achieve your goals. However, some factors can discourage even those fully aligned with our philosophy, one of which is not seeing any results.
We know how frustrating this can be. You’re putting in the effort; you’re eating healthier; sometimes, you even work out twice a day. Nonetheless, you feel like you have hit a plateau, which is particularly infuriating when you’re eager to reap the benefits of all your hard work.
No need to stress about it — there are several reasons this might be happening, and we are here to help you discover which one might be. Take a look at 5 reasons you don’t see results from working out.
Why you might not be seeing results from working out
1 – Unrealistic expectations
When we start working out, we feel fresh am motivated: it’s only natural we set the bar high. We should be careful, though — can that bar be way too high for anyone to reach? If you thought you could become shredded in two weeks or that you could master a handstand in a couple of days, maybe you’re feeling disappointed, which is natural. So, the first step is making sure your goals are realistic and attainable with your current fitness level.
2 – Not enough sleep
Don’t ever underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep in your fitness goals. A good night of sleep is vital to restore our muscles, regenerate cells and help us become stronger. In fact, we produce most of the human growth during deep sleep. If you have a hard time getting to sleep, avoid exposure to blue lights from our smartphones, tablets and computers. You should also make sure your bedroom is quiet, calm, clean and enjoyable before snuggling up. Lastly, avoid heavy workouts before tucking in — you’ll pump out adrenaline which is not an ideal contributor to falling asleep.
3 – Overtraining – yes, that’s a thing
Pushing our bodies too far can lead to physical and mental fatigue, strained muscles, ligaments and joints, as well as poor performance and unachieved personal goals. Overtraining exists and might be pushing you back. If you’re unsure whether you are overtraining or not, there are three ways to identify it easily: You exercise for too long without giving the body time to rest and repair tissue and muscle damage. You always push yourself to higher limits too quickly, hoping for fast, immediate results. Last but not least, you don’t give yourself sufficient fuel to match the higher levels of exercise. If you do all the above, you’re clearly overtraining.
4 – Lack of variety
If you’re becoming too comfortable with your gym routine, you’ll lose more than just motivation: you’ll hit a plateau in your performance, and you won’t be seeing any results. Your body needs new stimuli, and muscles will adapt to repetition after a while. Mixing up your workouts is a great way to get the most out of your body’s capabilities. Functional fitness offers you a significant set of tools that will help you bring variety to your training, making each exercise session feel different while helping you achieve your goals. After all, even its setup can be a refreshing approach to what you used to, something that you can easily confirm in this 20-min pyramid functional workout or in this full-body 50-40-30-20-10 workout.
5 – Too much stress
We know that exercising can be helpful to reduce stress, but we tend to forget that too much stress can be prejudicial to your workouts. Modern-day life is one long busy schedule where professional and personal can sometimes become indistinguishable, disrupting even the most dedicated and healthier athlete. Plus, it increases muscle tension, which can prompt injuries. It also affects your concentration, undermining the vital mind and body connection. Finally, it increases your appetite, ruining your well-intentioned efforts of eating healthier.
If, after these tips, you feel you’re still not getting any results from working out, our personal trainers can design you a customized program with continuous monitoring that will get you on the right track in no time.