The rate at which the world’s health is deteriorating is alarming. Although, most of us are making an effort to combat unfitness, we often face hurdles sticking to fitness regimes that we decide for ourselves. Why does it happen?
- You lack patience
Eating healthy and exercising does not assure desired results overnight. It is a gradual process. Understand that long-term changes take time to happen. You have to cultivate patience and not simply give up when you don’t see the results as quickly as you expect.
You must have heard this quite often—fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. Your goal should not be getting into shape or losing a certain number of calories each day, your goal should be to show up every day and do what you set out to do. Once you do that, your job is done. And trust us, the results will show.
Plus, changes that take time are likely to stay longer. This means if you lose weight quickly, you stand the chance of gaining it back equally quickly.
- Managing time is difficult
Honestly, it’s not easy to keep up with a tight workout schedule when you have full time job. Even if you are a homemaker, running daily errands drains out all your energy. Do not beat yourself up for not having enough time, and quit midway.
Maintaining consistency in your workout regimes is important. But if you cannot make time for exercise every day, compensate by watching your diet on those days. And the small things like walking to work, taking stairs, walking while answering phone calls, etc. can all contribute to your fitness.
- You are too harsh on yourself
In order to achieve your fitness goals, you often opt for exercises that are too vigorous and intense for you. As a result, you tire yourself out to an extent that making it through the day gets challenging. And showing up the next day becomes even more challenging.
Start with baby steps; go for a jog, a hike, and exercise on alternate days, then slowly up your level. This will help you build your stamina and will prepare your body for more intense workout plans.
- Body-ache, soreness and injuries
Exercising can cause pain, soreness in parts of body and can even lead to injuries. This may result in you losing out on your workout sessions.
Should you ever face any such problem, refrain from exercising and straining your muscles until you have consulted a doctor. Engage in exercises that will focus only on the unaffected parts of your body. For people who have problems in certain parts of their body, it would be best to work out under the guidance of a personal trainer or a physical therapist.
- You do not feel motivated enough
While everybody aspires to be fit and healthy, getting out of the bed and hitting the tracks needs a stringent push. And more often than not, you keep procrastinating it or making excuses to avoid your workout sessions. Why do you think this happens?
Often the problem is not the lack of motivation. You are motivated, which is why you made a fitness plan, right? The problem is that we are trying to do what others think we should do, not what we like to do. Some say running is the best way of working out, some say it’s weight training, some would say activities such as swimming or walking. Instead of blindly following what your peers, friends, or family suggest, ask yourself what it is that you’re most comfortable with. And do that. Often, what we interpret as lack of motivation is the dislike towards certain activities. How will you develop a habit and stick with it, when you have to force yourself every single time? You don’t have to force anything on yourself, find out what you enjoy the most and do more of that. Eventually, you will find yourself looking forward to it every single day. For some people, playing a sport with their friends doesn’t seem forceful while for others it is taking an early morning or a late evening walk.
Anything is fine, as long as you do something. And back it up with a healthy diet.