Getting fit is not for the faint-hearted! It takes a lot of dedication and motivation for you to follow the fitness lifestyle and stick to it. There are a number of pitfalls that people fall into when they start on the journey to getting fit.
And this causes them to give up entirely. We thought that we’d put these together in one article and share these with you so that should you begin on your own fitness journey, you know what challenges you may encounter so that if and when they do materialise you are prepared with them and can deal with them head-on.
When people decide that they are going to start to go to the gym or take up a particular sport, they are incredibly eager to start off with. They commit to training twice a day during the week and once over the weekend with only a day’s break per week.
While this is all very well and good, and very admirable to boot, it’s not sustainable. A month (at most two) down the line the person who had been so enthusiastic about exercising will give up because other work and life commitments just get in the way. It’s not a slight on their personalities or commitment but – at the end of the day – it’s just reality.
To get over this hurdle, personal trainers recommend that, when setting their fitness goals, personal training clients do so realistically. They need to take into account what their current work, family and friends’ commitments are and they need to tailor their fitness goals around these. In this way, they’ll be more likely to stick to meeting these deliverables.
No matter how committed the person is to their fitness goals, there will come a time when their motivation wanes and, possibly, dies. There are a number of reasons for this.
Number one is that people make their exercise routines too difficult to achieve. For example, they will choose exercise modalities that they just don’t like because other people have told them that ‘it’s good for them’. A good example is weight training.
It’s a fact that training with weights has incredible benefits for your bone density as well as developing lean muscle mass. However, if you don’t like using free weights or weight machines (or find the free weight section of the gym intimidating!) try doing Pilates. This form of exercise uses your body weight to perform the same function as the free weights/weight machines do. It’s also great as it’s a slower and more controlled form of exercise.
Another reason why your motivation could be sapped is if you choose the wrong time to exercise. Many newbie exercisers think that when they start out they should be exercising at extremely early hours of the morning because ‘this is the best time to exercise’.
However, what this doesn’t take into account is that some people function best in the early morning while others do so best in the afternoon. Take advantage of this knowledge about you and exercise when you feel that it’s best for you. The worst thing would be to perform a movement incorrectly because you’re not at your optimum and so cause yourself an injury. So take a long look at yourself and find out when you’re able to exercise at your best.
Bad exercise advice
Today, we can find anything on the Internet. This includes information about exercising and fitness. However, there’s good information and bad information. If you can find the good information and follow this, you’re A for away and you can ultimately become your own personal trainer. However, if you follow bad advice you are very likely to do yourself an injury and set your routine back weeks until you recover from this.
It’s a much better idea to remove this trial and error nature and go straight to the expert personal trainer to get the information that you need about your fitness journey.