Training consistently over the past year has been a lot harder than normal. If you’ve struggled to see the gains you expected to, you’re not alone!
Usually in this situation, it would be tempting just to train more, but in the event of gym closures, lockdowns, and lack of equipment, it’s even more important to consider what else you can do to improve your overall health and fitness. Sleep, nutrition, and stress factors can all have a heavy impact on a training schedule (especially during a pandemic!) and prevent you from seeing the results you wanted. Read on for our five healthy lifestyle changes to make for better training.
Get an early night
Sorry to be the ones that break it to you, but binging Netflix into the early hours is going to throw your circadian rhythm out of whack. Even if you’ve got little to do with your day besides train, structure really is key here. Studies have shown that sleeping can actually improve your sporting performance, with lack of adequate rest leading to increased stress, heart disease, and weight gain. To make a healthy lifestyle change, try to implement a sleep schedule that follows a proper bedtime ritual. This could be as simple as not looking at your phone before bed, exercising earlier in the day, and replacing caffeine with a more natural energy source.
Move your body (differently)
If you’re not seeing the same gains from your tried and tested routines, consider switching up your training a bit. There are still plenty of new workouts available on Instagram and YouTube, or you could try running and tracking your progress via MyProtein’s run club. If you’re looking to switch it up and try something a little more Zen, why not try Yoga?