Today, Fitness First – Rockville is going to discuss the most common reasons people quit working out. Through our combined experience, we have seen countless individuals succeed in reaching their fitness goals. The other side of this coin, however, is that we have seen just as many give up on themselves and their goals.
We were able to summarize the most dangerous attitudes/ideas that creep into ones mind, and then lead to giving up. Notice that all of these factors are mental. The mind will be the guiding force that moves the body towards success, but it is also the weak point that will convince you to halt your work out as well.
With so much information out there, this really shouldn’t be a problem. The basic formula to lose weight is to eat less calories than you burn or burn more calories than you eat. To gain weight, it’s the opposite. If you have the motivation to workout everyday but eat more calories than you’re burning, you’re going to be disappointed.
As long as you don’t buy into those quick-results-with-no-work-and-eat-anything-you-want schemes, you should be fine. The truth is that anything worth having will take hard work. Your father was right when he said easy come means easy go.
Too many people start working out with the expectation of some amazing result in too short of a time span. So when results don’t meet up to their expectations, they get discouraged and quit. It is essential that you define your goals before you start, and consult with someone whom can inform you on realistic progress. This can give you a better understanding of how your fitness will progress.
Thinking that your results will stay consistent will just end up disappointing you. In the beginning, you may have some great results. You may lose 5-10 pounds your very first week. But as the weeks go by, you will find yourself losing less and less. Not knowing this in advance can be very discouraging when it happens.
When you start working out, your results will be very encouraging. Your motivation to workout will increase as you see these amazing results. However, sooner or later, you will hit what’s known as a plateau. Athletes experience this all the time. You get to the point where results not only slow down, it actually stops. This can definitely be pretty frustrating.
This is when you get to the point where you’ve loss enough weight to where you feel satisfied. You’re not where you want to be at but it’s not bad enough for you to want to do much about it. At this point, your motivation to workout may drop since your reason for working out is no longer strong enough. You may stop working out all together until your body gets to a point where it causes your motivation to workout to increase again and you start to workout again.
What Does All This Mean?
We are not addressing these traps to discourage anyone. We are discussing them because these are very COMMON mind tricks that people pursuing their fitness goals fall into. Everyone makes them at one time or another as well. It is knowing what to expect ahead of time that lets you overcome these moments of doubt.
So, now that you know what commonly causes people to quit, how do you protect yourself from these de-motivators? Well, just do the opposite! Know what you want, speak with a professional and build a road map to your goals, do not accept less than absolute success, anticipate the times when you will need to modify or intensify your work outs, and realize that you are worth the hard work and the results you obtain.
We hope that this information will help those new to the world of exercise and health, as well as the seasoned veteran that is starting to feel those twinges of doubt. We would love to hear about your own experiences with doubt and any feedback you wish to share. Until next time, see you at the gym.