Recovery

If you've listened to all my advice so far, and still aren't seeing any progress in the gym, you're likely missing out on one of the key components of a healthy lifestyle. Recovery. Recovery is often overlooked when individuals start lifting even though it's one of the most important elements of achieving your goals. 

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Sleep

In the fitness community, individuals often overlook the importance of sleep. However, the reality is that a large majority of one's growth happens when they sleep. There are many factors of sleep that should be considered, but the most important are sleep length and sleep quality. As a general rule of thumb, doctor Eric Olson recommends 7-10 hours of sleep. Amounts less than this can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and other health-related issues.

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Mental health

Sleep is just as important for mental health as it is for physical health. In a study conducted on 270,000 American adults, researchers found that participants that averaged less than 6 hours of sleep per night were almost 3 times as likely to report mental distress. The gym is meant to make you feel good so by sleeping less, you're being counterproductive. 

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