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14 Reasons You're Not Reaching Your Health And Fitness Goal



By Fitness Desk



Wednesday, February 26, 2020.


Are you sick and tired of falling short of your fitness goals? Do you despair, not understanding why you never quite get to where you want to be? Maybe you feel like you come close to achieving your goals only for it to all go to pot soon after. 


Understanding yourself, your mindset, and your current attitude towards your goals is so important. Below, you’ll find 14 reasons you’re not reaching your health and fitness goals. Take a look and see what you need to change: 


  1. You Don’t Have A Plan

If you don’t have a plan, it goes without saying that reaching your goals is going to be very difficult. Having a plan in place is crucial if you’re going to achieve anything. You may be able to get away with winging it occasionally, but the best results will always come from having a plan. For example:

  • What are your goals?

  • What type of training will help you reach your goals?

  • How should you eat to reach your goals? 

  • How often should you train? 


When you figure out the answers to these important questions and similar, you will be able to get started on the path to success. 


  1. You’re Not Ensuring At Least 80% Adherence 

Maybe you do have a plan, but the reason you’re not achieving your goals is because you aren't ensuring at least 80% adherence. The fact is, you don’t have to be perfect. You do have to put in some effort, though, and that’s why you need to adhere to the plan as much as possible. If you slip up, it’s no big deal. Just don’t use that one slip as an excuse to go all out. Having an ‘all or nothing’ mindset simply does not work most of the time. Having a balanced mindset is much more effective. 


  1. You Don’t Get Enough Protein 

Most of the time, making sure you’re getting plenty of protein in your diet can make huge changes to your physique alone. Protein makes us feel fuller for longer, supports muscle maintenance and growth, and more. Whether your goal is fat loss or muscle gain, you should aim for a diet high in protein. No need to amp up the meat consumption with lots of vegan and vegetarian options! 


Try tracking your protein for a while to get a better idea of how much you currently consume. You could up the ante with a protein shake, or even just a protein bar. 


  1. You’re Not Eating To Support Your Goals 

The things you do in the kitchen often matter much more than what you do in the gym. Training is important, but focusing on nourishing your body is key. High protein, along with the right number of calories depending on your goal is crucial. Tracking may seem obsessive, but if you want to reach your goals, it’s the way to go - at least for a while. People obsessively check their phones and their emails. Why not make sure your diet is healthy and balanced? It doesn’t mean you're obsessed, just that you’re serious about reaching your goals. 


  1. You Aren't Managing Your Stress Well 

Stress may be invisible, but it’s a huge factor when it comes to how well you reach your goals. Stress can hinder you in all kinds of ways, from impacting your hormones to changing your eating habits. Just a few ways you can begin to manage your stress a little better include: 

  • Journaling

  • Napping 

  • Deep breathing

  • Meditation 




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  1. You Haven’t Put A Focus On Sleep 

Your sleeping pattern is also a huge factor in how well your health and fitness routine works for you. If you’re running low on sleep, it’ll not only impact your productivity, but your fitness regime. It can slow down muscle building and fat loss, amongst other things. Aim for a minimum of 7 hours a night. You might even need 8-9 hours, but you’ll need to listen to your body. You should never get any less than 6 hours sleep. Here are some pointers:

  • Pay attention to the amount of sleep that helps you to feel your best. 

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. 

  • Be vigilant with your sleeping pattern, even on weekends.

  • Find ways to wind down. You could drink sleep tea, create a nice atmosphere, and avoid technology for at least an hour before bed. 


  1. You’re Not Using The Correct Supplements 

Using the right supplements can make a big difference to your results. Creatine has many studies backing it, so adding something like this from a company such as Muscle Rage could make a difference. You should never take supplements blindly, however, so check out some studies for yourself and get an idea of various opinions on the subject. You don’t want to over complicate matters, but a simple supplement like creatine could work wonders.  


  1. You’re Not Looking At It Holistically 

Your health and fitness goals are about so much more than your eating and your training. Try to look at things holistically. Skipping a gym session one day is not the end of the world providing you’re ticking other boxes, e.g. keeping your steps high and getting enough sleep. Look at your routine and lifestyle as a whole and decide whether it is helping your progress. You might be doing the right things all week and then going in the complete opposite direction on the weekend, for instance. Try to find balance! 


  1. You Aren't Working On Your Mindset

Working on your mindset is key for success. A ‘can do’ attitude might sound cliche, but it’s so important if you’re going to do it. You need to believe that you can do what you set out to do. You need to believe in yourself. You also need to be willing to realize that much of what you’ve told yourself about your past is just a story. Your experiences are valid, but you can't let them hold you back. Don’t hold on to your stories. Alongside these things, you need to change your self image, too. Start seeing yourself as the person you want to be! 


  1. You’re Relying On Motivation To Get You Through 

Motivation won’t get you anywhere, because it is fleeting. Having it is great, and when you do, you should make the most of it. However, it is not the be all and end all. You need to be committed and dedicated if you really want to make changes. Motivation will not always be there - you need to get on without it! 

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  1. You’re Not Setting Appropriate Goals 

Your goals need to be measurable. You can’t control how much muscle you build in a set time, but you can control how often you weight train each week. Thing of your goals like this and set them accordingly. 


  1. You’re Letting Old Habits Creep Back In

Consider why you had certain habits in the past and why they might creep back in. Do you turn to alcohol for escapism? Smoking for stress? Understand why you do what you do, and you’ll be better equipped to stop self sabotaging. 


  1. You’re Not Allowing Yourself Flexibility

On the other side of not adhering enough, you may not be flexible enough in your routine. Are you not cutting yourself any slack? Working harder does not necessarily mean working smarter. Remember: balance! 


  1. You Don’t Have A Strong ‘Why’ 

Why do you really want this? Often, looking good is not enough. You need to want to live longer, improve your health, and watch your kids grow up. Those reasons are much stronger! 








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