Back on Your Feet: 5 Reasons You Can’t Commit to Your Workouts and How to Fix It
Life is busy, and it is hard to fit everything in. We work increasingly long hours, socialize more, and health and fitness often take a back seat. It is not uncommon to struggle to get into a regular exercise routine. So why can’t you commit? We have explored five common problems and how you can work through them:
The mental challenge of creating new work out habits can be tricky, and it is easy to find an excuse why you shouldn’t get out of bed or go to that gym class after work. How many times have you said to yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow” only to find that a week has gone by? Similarly, people tend to cut their workouts short or go at half pace because they don’t have a plan and they aren’t accountable to anyone.
Seeing a personal trainer who can create a customized workout plan for you can be a great kickstart to getting on track with an exercise regime. They will be able to guide you to gradually build your fitness and increase the pace of your workout. Having an appointment set with your personal trainer will be sure to make you more accountable than if you are only answering to yourself.
Too Much Too Soon
Don’t go from zero to hero. If you haven’t exercised for a while, it might be worth easing yourself into it and giving yourself set rest days. Some people throw themselves into a new exercise regime and burn out before they are starting to see the positive health benefits. Choose a realistic number of days that you plan to work out, and then any extras that you squeeze in become a bonus.
Choosing the Wrong Time
Some people say that by exercising in the morning, you burn the most calories and give your body additional energy throughout the day ahead. However, the time of day you exercise is a personal choice. You have your circadian rhythm to thank for making you an early riser or a night owl, and you need to find a time to work out that feels right for you and your body. If you struggle to pull yourself out of bed every morning for an early gym session, then aim to go after work instead. The goal is to find a time that works for you and stick to it!
The Wrong Focus
The easiest way to stick to a workout is to find something you love. If you hate to run, don’t force yourself to pound the pavement. If you have never liked team sports, that indoor soccer team might not be for you. There are so many workout options out there – you might need to try a few to see what you like. Think outside the square with options like rock climbing, bike riding, dance classes or Parkour.
In today’s reality TV loving world, it is easy to get frustrated when you aren’t meeting your fitness or weight-loss goals quickly. Just remember that reality TV contestants, movie stars and models often train for hours each day, with highly qualified professionals, to achieve the outcome that you see on your television. So be kind to yourself, be realistic, and take it one step at a time. As long as you stick with it, you are sure to see benefits over time.
Getting active benefits both your physical and your mental health. Stop finding excuses to stay on the couch and get moving! You will be amazed by how good you feel when you gain some momentum.