Find it Hard to Stick to a Training Program? This could be why….

Doing Too Much Too Soon
If you have been stationary for a while before embarking on a excersise program its important to remember that your body needs a little bit of time to get used to suddenly getting very active.  If you have just embarked on a new exercise program don’t expect to be in next years Olympics.  Give your body some time to ease into it otherwise you will just be left disappointed, hurting (literally) and a big likely hood that you will give up before you have even began.
Unrealistic Expectations
If you have embarked on a training program to lose a certain amount of weight or gain certain levels of fitness, give yourself enough (realistic amount) of time to get there.  An exercise program should be a realistic “way of life” approach as apposed to a quick fix “right now” approach  a month before summer or special event.  Remember it took you a long time to get the way you are so it will take you some time to reach your goals.
Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase. – Joseph Pilates
Boredom
Try and vary your exercise program.  If you are going to gym 5 days a week riding the stationary bike and staring at the window you may loose vigor and quit before you have begun!  Try running or cycling out doors over weekends or weight training alternating with various kinds of cardio.  Swimming is also a wonderful change of scenery and very refreshing for a change if you are used to only running or cycling.
Un-supportive Spouse, Friends of Family
Build a positive support system around yourself this doesn’t only count when embarking on a exercise program but for a happier life in general!  People who are constantly demotivating your or making negative comment towards your attempts to start exercising or dieting should be avoided completely until you have mastered your program.  You can also kindly request that they be more supportive or just be quite if they don’t have anything positive to say.
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
Lack of Time
In this busy life that we are living we are driven by success and that usually means working long hours to achieve these goals.  If you are 100% committed to your program you should consider waking up a little bit earlier, finding a training facility closer to work or even breaking up your training sessions to accommodate your fitness regime.
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley
No Motivation
Unfortunately you must WANT to exercise for a exercise program to work.  Exercise is not something you should be approached with the wrong attitude, this will leave you despondent and you are setting yourself up for failure.  If you lack motivation try and find someone who you admire and stick the photo where you can see “where you want to be”.  Make clear goals for yourself and monitor your progress in a written exercise log book.  This will keep you motivated and on track.
Top Tip – Try group fitness and training with a partner to keep you going and motivated!
You don’t know HOW to exercise
With all the resources available to us this day and age this is probably the worst excuse you could use!  There are countless websites and information on how to do certain exercises either at the gym or at home, how to embark on running programs etc.  Personal trainers are great motivators and will be able to teach you many techniques and tricks!  Best yet, if you don’t know something ask someone, the only stupid question is the ones that are never asked.
Pain during and after Exercise
If you suffer from pain during exercise there may be a chance that you are doing something wrong.  If your muscles start burning after repetitions 0n weight training this is probably be normal and part of the “growing” process which should be embraced.   Consult your Doctor or Physio  if you are unsure.  Pain a day or after exercise is normal and will last for a couple of days until the muscle repairs itself.  This is necessary to grow from strength to strength  and you will soon see results which will motivate you even more!

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