4 Reasons You’re Not Getting Stronger (And What To Do About It)
You’re diligently waking up at 6 a.m., lifting weights, running, and eating relatively well. Still, no matter how hard you try, you constantly feel sore, your body feels heavy, and you’re not getting stronger. While there’s no one reason why this happens, it’s frustrating when it does. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do about it.
Here are four reasons you’re always sore and not getting stronger—and how to fix it:
1. You have bad posture.
When you’re consistently sitting or standing in less than optimal alignment, certain muscles have to work to harder to hold the skeleton up while other muscles don’t work hard enough. These misalignments not only inform your muscles but also your connective tissue or fascia, and the fascial web further retains the shape of your physical asymmetry.
Moving from this bad posture leads to unbalanced, inefficient movement as a result of less-than-ideal physics. For example, if you’re standing with a forward head, the muscles in the back of the head and neck have to work very hard. They are being asked to do a job that they’re not meant to be doing. In turn, they overwork and become fatigued, causing soreness, which can then become chronic.