Are you making this mistake?

Are you making this mistake?

So often we hear about people not being able to achieve their goal despite doing all of the ‘right things’. This can be frustrating for you because you should be getting some sort of result for all of your efforts right?

Where the issue lies is usually within the detail. The problem most of the time isn’t that you aren’t doing the right thing but instead that you aren’t doing enough of the right thing to trigger a response. On top of that you might not have done it for long enough to see a result.

What you will find and what we find quite often as coaches is that you will often overestimate the amount of physical activity/exercise you are doing and underestimate how much energy (calories) you consume in a day. On top of overestimating the amount of exercise you are doing you are most likely overestimating your effort too.

“You will overestimate the amount of physical activity/exercise you are doing and underestimate how much energy (calories) you consume”

If you have had a session with a coach after training by yourself for a long time you will understand what i mean by overestimating your effort.

So what’s the mistake? The mistake is not taking an accurate measure on what you are doing and just assuming that you are doing what is required to achieve your goal. This is what leads you to thinking you are doing more than you actually are.

The solution can be a series of things from setting the right goal to creating the right plan but for today i want to focus on one thing and that is to take measure, or at least start recording what you are doing. It doesn’t have to be fancy or over the top, just enough so you aren’t assuming anymore. We want to get to a point where you know what you are doing in some way, shape or form to avoid over/under estimating. 

Once you have this (more) information you then have the power to start making better decisions and adjustments going forward and the path to achieving your goal becomes much clearer.

Nathan Spring

Some more of our blogs that will help:

What you Measure, you can Measure

Max Effort

Exercise Guidelines