4 reasons you aren't reaching your fitness goals
We all have reasons why we’ve never reached our health and wellness goals. Some call them barriers, but let’s not sugar-coat it; they’re excuses.
Whether it’s time, money, personal issues, we all make them. What we don’t realize is that we all deserve to meet our health and wellness goals. We deserve to do something for ourselves, to be healthy, to live a quality life!
Let’s take a look at the most common “barriers” to personal health and wellness and discover how we can manipulate them to reach our goals!
Everything costs money. An average gym membership runs between $40-50 per month. The price of a personal trainer can range anywhere from $30-100 per hour depending on location and what you’re signing up for. Finances are a big deal, I get it. One of the first things people will cut out of their budget when money gets tight is a gym membership.
What I don’t get is when someone says, “I can’t workout because I can’t afford a gym membership.” Who ever said you NEED a gym membership to work out?? You have your body and that’s all you need! Most exercises that you can do with free weights, you can also do with just your body weight.
Body weight is a great resistance tool and can be challenging at any fitness level. There are numerous options from squats, to pushups, to burpees, to jogging in place… and you never have to leave the comfort of your own living room!
“I don’t have time.”
This excuse is almost more common than the last one. You have a busy schedule; a full time job, kids to taxi to school, soccer practice, and piano lessons, laundry to fold, dinner to cook, and don’t forget that 3-hour long finale of “The Bachelor” on TV tonight! You have 24 hours in a day. It only takes 30 minutes to get in your workout. 30 minutes. And hey, if you’re doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) you can cut that 30 minutes down to 20 or even 15. So you don’t even have 30 minutes? Do you have 10? The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day for health benefits, however these 30 minutes do not have to be continuous. If you can cut out 10 minutes, 3 times per day for exercise, you’ve gotten in your 30 minutes and you’re good to go!
Support is a barrier that may not seem to be one that you have much control over, but let me tell you - you do! Social support from friends and family when you’re trying to reach a health or fitness goal is HUGE. This day in age, togetherness revolves around food. If we’re hanging out with friends, we’re going out to eat. If we’re having a family reunion, you’d better be sure to put on your “potluck” pants! At the end of the day, you have to take responsibility to communicate your goals to your friends and family. Most people will understand that you’re trying to live a healthier life and will not try to hinder your progress. Don’t feel bad about ordering salad whenever everyone else gets a cheeseburger and fries! This is your life and your decision to take care of yourself. Express your feelings to those you love and if they love you back, they’ll support you and hopefully even join in with you!
This one is all on you, and it’s probably the most difficult to overcome. There are several ways to conquer lack of motivation, so listen up!
First and foremost, if you aren’t motivated to work out, you’re likely going into it with the wrong mindset. Instead of viewing exercise as a chore, think of it as a privilege. You’re alive and you have the ability and the choice to workout. Your body is capable of doing great and powerful things, so embrace it! Secondly, don’t feel like you have to jump in to doing 6 days a week of 2-hour long workouts. Start slow and ease into it. Starting anything new is a challenge, so take your time and let yourself get used to it. Finally, have fun with exercise! Invite a friend to work out with you and do exercises that you love. Once you find a routine, the routine will become habit and motivation will stay!
What are your current fitness goals & what are you doing to stay on track?