Running out of steam, and it’s only mid year?
It’s not uncommon for most people who are in search of improved health, fitness or physical appearance to, at some point, lose momentum. More often than not, this is a mental issue rather than a physical one, and trust us – you’re not alone!
It is therefore important to always be mindful of your goal and to continuously reinforce it by keeping a written record of your goal(s), tracking your progress and regularly revisiting them.
Stephen Covey would say, “begin with the end in mind”.
When you lose sight of your goal, maintaining momentum can prove challenging, if not impossible. At times like this it’s important to take a step back, re-evaluate what your end goal really is and reinforce how badly you really want it, and then begin again.
Try this to get over that slump:
Take time off: Often taking a week off from training every 3-4 months is all that’s needed to rejuvenate your body and mind, and kickstart your momentum again. You may also want to revisit your programme to ensure you are periodising your training load and intensity appropriately. If you work at near-maximum for the first six months of the year you will certainly experience ‘burn-out’.
Change your programme: By cycling your training every 6-8 weeks, and including regular periods of active rest and recovery, you should find that your body responds better to exercise and you won’t feel so fatigued come July. Also, if you eat a nutritious, healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and sugars, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, keep daily stress under control and keep your end goal in mind, then I really don’t see any reason for you to get derailed in your quest for improved physical fitness.
Check your vitamins: As part of your ‘nutritious, healthy diet’, we recommend that you keep supplementing with a good high-potency multivitamin, and also include essential fatty acids, calcium and additional antioxidants by way of vitamin C (at least 1000mg daily) and vitamin E (400-800iu daily, from a natural source like d-alpha tocopherol).