The best workout routine in the world won’t do you any good in terms of weight loss and reshaping your body if you are sabotaging your own progress. You may not do it intentionally, yet the lack of results can only be blamed on your own actions.
When I first started the Insanity workout program I felt extremely exhausted and way more tired than usually. Unfortunately, I did not listen to my own body and just kept going–without seeing any results. The smart thing would have been to make some adjustments to my schedule, nutrition and life style.
Lack of sleep
Getting enough sleep is extremely important for your health. When you are making drastic changes in your lifestyle such as starting a rigorous exercise program like Insanity or P90X, you need to adjust your schedule so that you can also squeeze in more shut eye in addition to the 40-60 minute workouts.
Just like high performance athletes always have to get more sleep during intense training camps, your body needs the extra hour(s) of sleep to repair and rebuild muscle tissue. Without this extra dose of sleep you will likely see little to no progress in spite of your extreme efforts during the workouts.
Lack of nutrients
If you are serious about losing weight and getting in shape you cannot neglect giving your body the nutrients needed for healthy cell processes. While amounts vary depending on your sex, age, and hormonal circumstances (such as having a baby or any underlying health condition) you should strive for 100 percent clean eating with lots of vegetables, salad, fruits and lean meat.
Of course, getting all the nutrients from food is often easier said than done. Add nutritional supplements such as multivitamins, or Shakeology to make up for any deficits. This will also help you battle cravings and hunger. Also, don’t forget to watch your daily calorie-intake.
Ultimately, your progress will depend on 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent effort from exercise.
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Lack of hydration
Although it would seem obvious enough to drink more water when you start working out more, many people somehow forget this crucial part in the progress puzzle. Instead they wonder why they get dizzy, lack energy, or are plagued my murderous headaches. Worst case scenario– they quit exercising because they believe it makes them feel bad, or sick even.
Granted, intense workouts are clearly not for everyone depending on their current health. However, dehydration can seriously hinder your weight loss and fitness progress. Just like a car won’t move an inch without gas in the tank, your body needs enough water to perform all functions. Even more so when you rev up your metabolism with Insanity or P90X. So make sure you increase your water intake before, during and after your workouts!
If you are making the necessary adjustments to help your body run most efficiently and you are still not seeing any progress whatsoever, you should consult a medical doctor to rule out any underlying health conditions.
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