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Fed Up & Frustrated: 6 Reasons Why You're On The Verge of Quitting The Gym

Summer is well and truly here. And as lockdown restrictions ease, we’re all looking forward to getting out of the house, spending quality time with friends and family... and maybe flaunting our stuff just a little. After all, nobody wants to enjoy the summer sun while feeling that we have to cover ourselves up. And no matter what your size and shape you deserve to strut your stuff with confidence so you can feel like the Queen you are! Still, there’s nothing more empowering than a healthy, fit strong body. It’s a great way to build confidence from the outside in. Which is why many of us are flocking back to the newly reopened gyms this summer. As much hard work and diligence as you may have been putting into your home workouts, there’s really no substitute for the greater range of equipment, more motivational atmosphere and access to help and support that you find at your local gym.

Still, if you’re returning to the gym this summer, you may need to approach it with a new mentality and a new set of habits. Like many things in our post-lockdown society, we need to rethink what parts of “normal” are worth returning to, and where we need to be better than normal in our lifestyle habits. Your time at the gym is supposed to bring you closer to the body and mind that you deserve. It’s supposed to make you feel relaxed, calm, confident and empowered. Your workouts are supposed to flood your brain with endorphins, alleviate the stress of your busy life, and help you look and feel stronger, healthier and more self-assured than ever. 

Yet many ladies feel fed up and frustrated at the gym. They’re not getting the gains in mind or body that they expect from their workouts. In fact, every time they leave their gym, they wonder if maybe it should be for the last time. Frustration and a sense of loss of purpose and motivation are among the most common reasons why people quit the gym. It’s time to break the cycle of feeling fed up and frustrated. When you next walk through the gym doors, make sure you know what was making you feel like quitting last time, and ensure that you take steps to prevent yourself from feeling that way again...  

You don’t feel like you’re making progress

You’re a busy woman. Between the demands of your job, your family and your social life you haven’t all that much free time to spare. And you don’t feel great about spending that time sweating and grunting on a treadmill or weight bench if you don’t feel as though it’s getting you where you need to be.

When we can’t see the results we want, it’s common for us to lose motivation and wonder why we bother. But just because you can’t see the results in the mirror straight away doesn’t mean that your body isn’t changing for the better. Every workout counts. Every step, every set and every rep makes you stronger, fitter and more capable. But their effect is cumulative. And the changes that are wrought by your workouts may take months to become visible. Remember that we’re often the last person to notice how our bodies are changing because we see ourselves in the mirror every day. 

This is why it’s so important to weigh and measure yourself once a week. If you’re not tracking your results, it’s all-too-easy to convince yourself that there aren’t any. Yes, it feels awkward. Yes, it feels uncomfortable. No, you won’t want to know the results. But this is such an important step if you’re to feel that your time at the gym is well spent and bringing you closer to achieving your goals. 

Over time, you’ll have a growing body of evidence of your transformation that will help you to feel more confident and capable.

You’re competing with the other girls 

Ugh. “Gym girls”. You know the ones. The ones with perfectly sculpted thighs and butts who somehow never seem to break a sweat. The ones who are somehow able to wear a full face of makeup on the treadmill. The ones who seem to make superhuman feats of strength and endurance seem effortless with nary a crease of their unlined brows as they squat the weight of a family sedan.

You simultaneously admire and loathe them.

But if you find that you have to compete with them and match their weights at the bench or their pace in cardio, you may find that you’re not only making yourself more miserable, you’re limiting the efficacy of your workout. 

If you try and lift more weight for the sake of keeping up with the girl next to you, your technique and form will inevitably go out the window. You won’t be able to sustain the weight while undergoing the full range of motion necessary to properly develop the muscle groups engaged. This means that your muscles won’t grow properly and you won’t reach the level of the girls you’re trying to compete with no matter how often you show up at the gym.

The bottom line? Stop trying to compete with other girls (and guys) at the gym. The only person you should try to beat is your past self. 

Woman shall not live by cardio alone

Don’t get me wrong. Cardio is great. Not only is it a good way to burn off the energy stored in our bodies as fat, it helps to keep your heart strong and healthy. And a healthy ticker is absolutely essential if you expect to lead a rich, long life. What’s more, aerobic exercise can actually fine tune your brain, allowing for faster cognition and better memory. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that you should spend your every gym session on the treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine. 

First of all, cardio can get really boring, really fast! Even if you’re getting stuck into your favorite music, a good podcast or a great audio book, the time you spend doing cardio can feel endless. Furthermore, cardio is just one piece of the bigger picture. Every woman should strength train as well as doing cardio. Strength training develops the muscles that define your figure. You want a big bubble butt and firm thighs? You won’t get them on the treadmill alone? Want to tone up those upper arms? You need to start doing some bicep curls and tricep extensions, girl! Want to change your shape? It all starts with knowing the right Deltoid Exercises. What’s more, your strength training helps to build lean muscle mass which in turn boosts your metabolism so that your body burns more calories, even when you’re not exercising. 

Together, cardio and weight training can be a power house. And it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to achieve your goals without both. 

You have a bunch of exercises… but no plan

It’s not that you have all the gear and no idea. Every time you show up at the gym, you know exactly what you’re going to do and exactly what you need to accomplish. But do you know what you’ll be doing at the gym in a month? Or three months’ time? Or this time next year? It’s important to have a plan that allows you to meet your long and short term goals. Otherwise, at best you’ll feel like you’re treading water, and at worst you’ll have boring and unfulfilling workouts. And that’s one of the fastest paths to quitting your gym membership.

While the internet is a great resource for helping you to find exercises (you can even find videos that allow you to see the correct form) there’s no substitute for a Personal Trainer who will take the time to get to know your goals and help you to create a plan that allows you to meet them. 

You’re in agony the morning after

It’s really hard to remain motivated to keep going back to the gym when you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck the morning after. While it’s important to push yourself, over-exertion can lead to a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles which causes you to become stiff and sore after your workouts. This can potentially last for days, and get in the way of your future workout plans. Let’s face it, you’re unlikely to want to hit the gym if you can barely walk. 

This is why it’s so important to warm up and cool down to prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your muscles. It’s also extremely important to pace yourself and listen to your body. Yes, sometimes you have to push for the burn. But that doesn’t mean pushing yourself to the brink of injury.

Your diet and habits are preventing you from achieving your goals

And finally, it’s important to remember that you can’t out exercise a bad diet or unhelpful habits like heading to the breakroom vending machine when your working day gets stressful. Matters are complicated when you consider just how many “healthy” habits we think we have that aren’t really that healthy at all. Not to mention all the foods marketed as health foods that are actually packed with hidden sugars and artificial nasties. Sometimes bad habits (even the ones that are unintentional) can get in the way of our progress and sap our motivation at the gym.

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