Are You Accidentally Making These Health and Fitness Mistakes?
Meeting your health and fitness goals can be tough. Whether your goals are weight-related or performance related (like trying to achieve a personal best time during your next triathlon), you may be making mistakes that equate to stalled progress.
These hurdles can range from problems with your diet to mental roadblocks with setting clear goals. If you’re struggling to meet your goals, keep reading and ask yourself, “Might these apply to me?”
1. Your diet is sabotaging your progress
Do you really eat as well as you think you do? Many people don’t realize that eating small amounts of unhealthy food on a regular basis can have a big impact on everything from weight to athletic performance.
Try logging your food for a few days to get a true idea of your diet. Apps like MyFitnessPal
are helpful, but you can also use a good old fashioned pen and paper.
2. You aren’t eating enough
On the flip side, you may not be eating enough to meet your health and fitness goals. If you’ve been cutting calories or clocking in more time on the treadmill in an attempt to make the scale budge, you could actually be doing more harm than good.
There’s a chance your weight loss has plateaued, and this happens because your metabolism is capable of adapting to eating and exercise patterns. Log your food for a few days and compare your calories consumed with your activity level. You might learn that a period of increased eating will be beneficial to your goals
3. Your health and fitness goals aren’t clearly defined
Do you know what your goals are
, specifically? Setting vague goals can make you feel like you’re getting somewhere, but that’s not very useful if you have no idea where you’re trying to go.
Whether you want to run a faster mile, lose weight, gain muscle, or something else entirely, you absolutely must quantify your goals. Define what your health and fitness success looks like in very specific terms and then work backwards to create an action plan that will put you on track toward your individual version of success.
As an added bonus, going through this goal setting exercise will help you battle another common reason people don’t meet their goals: a lack of consistency. Your specific goals will help you stay consistent and accountable.
4. You’re not paying attention to your body
If you want to be healthy and fit it’s so important to listen to your body. Listening to your body isn’t just about taking rest days when you need them, either, though rest is extremely important.
For example, are you using proper form when you lift weights or go on a long road bike ride? If you notice pain or stagnation in your progress, form could be one of the culprits. Do you take the time to stretch your muscles to keep them healthy? Time isn’t a good excuse, either — you can do some yoga stretches in your office
, after all.
If you’re tight, tense, and not at all flexible, your body is trying to tell you something. Try listening to your body, setting clear goals, and dialing in your diet. Renewed progress is likely to follow.