Life can be hectic and adding a fitness routine to an already busy schedule can pose some problems if not properly organized. Devoting yourself to exercise and healthy eating is a process that takes time, patience and strategy. If it were anything less, more people would succeed with it than currently do.
In just a couple of weeks, millions of people all over the world will start falling out of love with their new fitness routines and revert back to their old ways...it's unfortunate, but that's reality.
And this happens for many reasons, but above all...they just aren't seeing the results they expected.
Whether it's the wrong program or just expectations that are too high, all is not lost. There is still time to turn it around and here are a few things that could help you out tremendously if you're starting to teeter on the edge of quitting your fitness program as well:
Suggestion #1: Join a professional fitness program!
If you've been trying to workout all by yourself with no guidance or support...join a professional program right away! Very few people succeed alone. It takes an incredibly special person to be their own workout designer, coach, support system, motivator and leader.
That's why at Thunder, we workout in groups! It's incredibly motivating and not to mention supportive, because your group will be looking forward to seeing you and expecting you to show up.
Lastly, find a program with an experienced and qualified trainer. I'm extremely passionate about getting my clients results and offering them a complete plan to follow. Here's one of the presentations I offer my clients that sets them up for amazing success! I'm willing to let you check it out for free!
Suggestion #2: Adjust your expectations
I hate fitness programming on TV. The majority of it is garbage and ultimately sets people up for failure. A healthy and safe weight loss goal is 1-2 lbs. per week. When I see people on the Biggest Loser celebrating 8 lbs. of weight loss/wk - it makes me sick.
Also, set yourself a realistic exercise goal. If you haven't worked out in many years, it's just not smart to dedicate 5 days/wk to the gym.
Instead start much slower with 2-3 days/wk and once you've mastered that for a few months, add an additional day.
Suggestion #3: Focus on the health benefits
Losing weight takes time and shouldn't be the only thing to celebrate or recognize as success.
There are many other benefits to regular exercise that are taking place in your body that you can't see, but are incredibly important. Here are just a few:
Yes, there is much more to exercise than meets the eye. Sometimes focusing on living more healthy and experiencing weight loss as an added benefit, is a much more successful strategy.
So, there's my two cents on the matter. Stay focused, get motivated and have faith in the process. That's what I encourage my clients to do and when you give it some time - it works!
Brian Reynolds M.S., CSCS
Owner | Thunder Sports & Fitness