Why do some gym-goers fall short of their goals?
Let’s face it, we’ve had our minds made up in our journey that we’re getting in the best shape of our lives. BOOM, LIFE HAPPENS!
We start with the best of intentions; research workout plans, diet tactics, workout videos, and a trip to the local nutrition store. Now, it’s time to sign up OR reactivate our memberships… Our ambitions are strong, why do we fall short of our goals?
THE TACTICAL WORKOUT ROUTINE
In the words of Albert Einstein, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Our bodies are resilient, so what is the trick to breaking plateau? [Simple answer] change it up! Now, I don’t mean “switch your back and bicep day”, I mean your entire strategy! Heavier lifting on the same routine does not remedy the problem. In fact, too much weight can result in injury. Day one at the gym is great! Your body begins to make small changes; you’re excited to see the scale fall, you have muscle soreness and feel great about it! Then something happens… NOTHING. We are not getting to our goal as fast as we‘d like. It seems our body is not tolerating the commands. You begin to hear the light knocks of discouragement at your door.
Of course, when we begin working out [either for the first time or again] our bodies are flourishing. The body’s muscle memory knows what it takes to perform.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Research the next step, educate yourself and don’t be afraid to reach out to your local gym. Learning exercises can be difficult, people are there to help
you. Chances are their workout perspective is unique and more effective.
NOT EATING WITH A PURPOSE
First and foremost, stay away from fast-food!! Be aware of genius branding. Juicy burgers and cheap chicken nuggets? Who cares! The deck is already
stacked against you when it comes to processed food. With a busy society, propelling at lighting speed, instant gratification is our mantra. Fast-food is an addiction that is infecting our social order. There are reasons why athletes and the Matthew McConaugheys’ of the world don’t touch it. If moderation is an option, consider it torture to have one slice of pizza.
THE SECRET = MEAL PREP
Meal prep can be manageable more so than finding a parking spot at the grocery store. Here’s a tip, research “clean eating” and find realistic ideas. THIS TAKES TIME. Replace potato chips with crunchy kale chips. Success will come from what you are feeding your body. Food you eat impacts more than just your vessel. Expect emotional impacts. Fast-food slows you down. Put the burger down and invest in your health. Your body is your temple, give it what it needs to achieve.
COMMIT TO THE VISION
You’ll ponder skipping, cheating, or even quitting. There will be days when a night out with friends will hinder your motivation. There will be times when things happen out of your power. When the sun rises, hit the ground running.
• Choose leg day and treadmill over Netflix and chill.
• Surround yourself with like-minded people.
• Dismiss negativity from those who don’t I cannot stress that enough.
• Voice your intentions and demand support.
• Positivity prospers
• Strengthen your ‘YOUTUBE Fitness’ game
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL
Nothing comes easy- good or bad, take it head on. Yes, the struggle is real but nothing comes easy that is worth having. We have our good and bad days but when the bad days arise, take it head on! Failure is inevitable.
Keep your thoughts positive and watch things that you can benefit from. YouTube is one avenue that I am constantly looking at because there are plethora fitness bloggers that are telling their journey and experiencing the same daily things you are. They will give you some good advice of how they handle adversity.
FAILURE IS INEVITABLE- maybe
Injury, binge eating/drinking, getting sick, etc. Bouncing back can be easy. Find your way again. The silver lining is your health, YOUR LIFE. Whether it comes from your spouse, parent, doctor or yourself, be ready to accept the challenge.
Your body isn’t meant to be stagnant. Keep yourself, goals, and thoughts in a positive forward motion.