We have seen it more with fitness goals than anything else. When it comes to exercise, our willpower lasts only for a few weeks. According to the Fitness Industry Association, January sees about 12% of gym memberships, but the numbers don’t stay the same and see a sheer drop in February.
What is the reason behind this? What is it that keeps us from following a simple enough schedule? Usually we’re told things like ‘you’re not strong enough’ or ‘you need more determination’, but that just doesn’t help, does it? The problems seems to go deeper than that.
There’s more to this failure than just determination. And the more you know about it, the easier it will be for you to handle it and stay tuned to your goals.
Failure to Plan
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
We’ve heard this right? And it’s true. One of the major factors of us failing in achieving our fitness goals is the failure to plan. We all have good intentions when it comes to exercise, and it would have been so good if that’s all it took. What you need is to stop acting like a Good Samaritan and start acting like a Project Manager.
Set out S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself. You know what S.M.A.R.T. means right? It’s an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. So instead of having goals like ‘I will lose 20 pounds in so many months’, make sure your goal is to ‘add this many rounds to my leg routine’ or something like that.
Don’t make losing weight your goal, make it all about improving yourself and your workout routine. Shift your focus to something that is easier to measure and easier to attain.
You Don’t Measure your Progress
Okay, so the specialists told you to stay away from the scale while you were dieting but there are other ways to measure your achievements. How are you supposed to know whether you have achieved your goal or not if you don’t measure?
What you can measure is the amount of time it takes you to do a given number of reps or the amount of time it takes you to do a lap. Keep measuring it regularly. If you see that the time is decreasing steadily then it means progress. Your efforts have started to pay off.
You can also get a fitness bracelet that communicates with your phone, or get a fitness app that not only coaches you but also monitors your overall progress.
No Time for the Gym
Yes, we know that everyone nowadays is very busy. You’ve got jobs, families and taking time out every day is not a possibility. We get that. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up the idea altogether. There are other ways of accomplishing your task like working out at home, hiring machines instead of purchasing them. Or you can make your exercise time your family time and go out and exercise as a unit.
To sum it all up, the way to achieve your fitness goals is by setting out a clear goal, measuring your performance, and planning ahead for any obstacles you might face and working your way around it.