trying to create, it can also lead to an “all or nothing mentality” of “well I missed this whole week (or session), lost all my gains, it won’t hurt to miss this one more workout/week”.
SOLUTION : If you’ve been forcing yourself to do something that you don’t enjoy, you are likely to find an excuse why you can’t do it. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy and that fits your goals, needs and personality. (e.g: group fitness programs vs individual training , out doors vs. health club, morning vs. evening, etc.) .
Focus on the things that you enjoy about your fitness routine. Also, concentrate on the positive changes that you are seeing (fitting into clothes, looking better, more energy, better mobility, better capability to cope with stress, better sports performance, fewer aches and pains, etc) .
This is the time in their programs , we have our private clients and group fitness members sit down and make a list of all the positive changes they have made and look at where they were when they first came to us.
SOLUTION: Reevaluate Your Resolutions Often . Many times, the amazing, lean body, that you envisioned or strict diet and 5 day a week rigorous fitness program when you set your resolution in January doesn’t match up with the reality of your lifestyle or fitness level.
Stop and take a realistic look at your lifestyle, fitness level and goals and realize that it is perfectly okay to take the slow and steady approach of 2 -3 days a week of workouts and “mostly” healthy food plans.
I have maintained a 40 pound weight loss for over 30 years by being realistic about my lifestyle (at various points) and time constraints.
Let’s face it, even the busiest of us can find 2 -3 hours out of the 168 in the week to workout out and an hour to plan and prep our food or meals for the week. It’s just a matter of being realistic and creating habits that fit into our lifestyles. (habits is a whole other blog post entirely and I will address them soon).