Why people give up on their fitness goals…

Every year, people give up on their fitness goals.  We almost all set them, right?  And if we don’t, it’s probably because we’re in denial that we need to or we’re rebelling against the “trends” of the New Year.  Did you know that studies have shown that over 2/3 of the people who set fitness goals give up on them before they even get close to reaching them.  Last year, the Wall Street Journal published an article stating that by the third week in January, the fitness craze starts to die.

Most people fall of “the wagon” because they may have chosen a program or regimen that doesn’t fit their personality (yes, you can actually dive in too deep), or because they went too “cold turkey” and made a misstep that totally derailed them, or because LIFE HAPPENS and doesn’t always line up with our “new goal,” and when that happens… well, the bottle of wine, ordering pizza, or sleeping in usually win.  So, get to it, how to stay on track…well, it’s all about the three C’s in my world:

Consequences- boom.  Yes, we’re going there first.  If it didn’t have to be a “c” in my world of alliteration, it would read like this- Accountability.  Come on people, do what you say you’re going to do, right?  Well, that leads a lot of us to just simply not say it… So you need someone to HOLD you accountable.  There are so many ways to do this, a workout partner, a personal trainer, a group fitness instructor who really cares if you show up, a health coach, etc…  But, you also need goals, and goals that will MATTER if they aren’t met.  You know, it’s technically ok if you don’t hit your 50 pushup goal in a weeks time, right?  But is it ok if your blood sugar numbers stay the same at another quarterly check up?  Is it ok if you still cannot fit into that dress you wanted to wear for that event?  We have to set ourselves up for success and the way to do that is to create an atmosphere that supports us in working toward our goals!  If you don’t have the consequence in place, who will care if you don’t make it to the gym at 5:30a.m. or get your daily workout in at home?  No body but little old you.  And that’s the problem really… we don’t actually value ourselves enough to do something about it.  Whoa…different blog topic!!

Commitment – again, had to twist it to make it a “c,” but I’m talking about motivation, discipline and “want to” here.  You have to have that conscious incompetency, which means you recognize that something needs to change!  You finally realize that staying where you are, health-wise, is not going to benefit you or your family any longer.  This is the place you find your “why.”  And even though the consequence above needs to be there, the WHY is going to be much deeper than fitting into a certain outfit… as E.T. the hip hop preacher says, “when you want it more than you want to breathe…that’s when you’ll be successful.”

Community- saving the best for last.  We were NEVER meant to do it alone, ya’ll.  And this is coming from someone who is an introvert, loves long lonely runs, and would rather curl up on a Friday night on my couch than “connect with others.  However, even for those of us who swear “it’s not our style,” we will be much more successful with a supportive community regarding our goals.  When you go it alone, there’s no one there to say “do it” when you don’t feel like it.  There’s no one there to say “I understand” when it’s too hard.  There’s no one there to give high fives and say “YOU inspire ME” when you’ve made progress.  And those things… are invaluable.

So there you have it…it’s time to take some ACTION – put parameters in place for success, find your why, and find your people.  If you need a supportive coach who will not only hold you accountable, but also help you identify your “why” and connect you with communities of support, reach out to me at [email protected] or simply click on the services tab and fill out the membership or group fitness applications on our webpage!



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