If one of your goals in 2016 is to get fit and exercise more – kudos to you. Generally, when people make these resolutions they do it with the best of intentions, but no matter who you are, roadblocks are going to crop up. In your quest to become fitter you need to know what you should be looking for so you don’t get discouraged. Here are a few of the most common failures people fall into in their quest for fitness and what you can do to overcome them!
Don’t Be a Negative Nelly
Look, starting something new is going to take some getting used to. It’s OK to complain about how tired you are, how sore you are and how much you just want to go home. The barrage of the media and their fickleness when it comes to fitness and how to do it right is yet another thing to contend with. The lesson here is simple: Don’t let it get you down.
It’s a rarity to find someone who works out who is positive about it every day, the trick is just not to get mired down in the negativity and let it ruin your resolve. Try to focus on what you’re doing right and give yourself a pat on the back instead of focusing on what is wrong. Remember, this quest you’ve embarked on is as much mental as it is physical.
Dodge the Dogma
Nothing works exactly the same for two different people. One person may be able to skip breakfast and still get fit, another may not be able to without tanking their metabolism. One person may get great results from weightlifting while another gets great results from running. The point is that there is not just one correct way to go about things, especially when it comes to fitness and health. There are a variety of factors that come into play, so if you’re doing something and it’s working for you then avoid all the people who may be telling you that you’re going about it the right way. As long as the approach you’re taking is healthy then go with your bad self.
Excuses – Don’t Use Them
It’s OK to not want to do something. Instead of making an excuse for it, just own up to the choice you’re making not to do it. Or better yet, compromise with yourself. Instead of doing an hourlong workout, do just a half hour.
Most of the things holding you back don’t really exist and just live in your imagination, so look at the reasons you’re using not to do something and give yourself a reality check to keep in line.
Starting a new routine, especially exercise, is difficult – but it can be done and done successfully. All you have to do is keep your eye on the prize and keep moving forward no matter what.
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