Well it’s almost February and chances are many of you have given up on your New Years Resolution by now. Life got in the way: work, school, kids, etc. It’s not your fault. You just had an ineffective strategy. Good news is you don’t have to wait until next year to get back on track. Any day is a good day to start pursuing for goals. Here are 4 of the top reasons most people fail to reach their fitness goals and what you can do to change it.
You only set long-term goals. Saying your going to drop 50 lbs or more this year will lead procrastination. Giving yourself the entire year to reach your goal allows you to adopt the “there’s always tomorrow” attitude. Setting smaller weekly and monthly goals will help keep you accountable.
You didn’t have an exercise strategy. You walked into the gym on Monday and were completely lost. Most will jump on the treadmill or stair climber for 30min. Women will walk around the free weight area like they’re in a foreign country or jump into the toughest exercise class they can find. This often leads to being too sore to go back the rest of the week, which puts you right back in a rut. Therefore, I highly recommend hiring a QUALIFIED Personal Trainer to get you on track. Even if you can’t budget seeing a trainer three to five days a week, many will be willing to write a program for highly motivated individuals to follow on days they’re not with you. Studies have suggested that once you exercise consistently for 6 months you will likely exercise the rest of your life.
Your diet plan is unsustainable. There are hundreds of diets out there. If anyone of them permanently worked for everyone, there wouldn’t be so many to begin with. A lot of diet plans promise immediate success. Many of them actually work in the short term. The problem is most will return to their old habits and regain the weight because the diet can’t realistically be maintained more than several weeks. The only path to sustained success is accepting that you must adopt an overall healthier lifestyle that also complements your schedule.
You never really meant it in the first place. It’s easy to say your going to change, but taking the steps is a different story. To be successful you need to be prepared. It takes commitment. Start by writing your goal down and saying it out loud EVERY DAY.