6 Reasons People Quit Fitness Programs
1. Change is hard
2. Missing the instant gratification from old food and snacks
3. Impatient and frustrated with their results
4. Lack of support from family, friends and co-workers
These are a few observations I’ve made over the years. I am by no means a behavior expert, but I thought this might help some who are on the weight-loss and fitness rollercoaster and haven’t figured out why they’re struggling.
Change is hard – humans just don’t like changes to our routines. We drive the same route(s) to and from work. We eat at the same restaurants daily or weekly. We MUST have our coffee before work. We arrange social time around what’s on TV (football, baseball, Walking Dead, Empire…). So, when we decide we want to change something about ourselves (lose our beer belly) we need to realize it is going to be difficult. It’s not an easy task. Tons of books have been written on how to change.
When you want to change more than you want to be comfortable, the journey is much easier. Not easy, but easier.
Missing the instant gratification from old food and snacks. We are so used to grabbing a candy bar or Mocha-Choca-Latte-Ya Ya when we’re stressed or “treating” ourselves to a donut because we “deserve it”. When we have to give those types of foods up to improve our health it is a shock to our system, literally. Our bodies are used the sugar and fat and once we take that away the reaction can be pretty bad. Then our mind and emotions are trying to find a replacement to bring out that happy feeling we remember from that first bite of cheesecake. We either have to tough it out or we cheat and feed the sugar and fat monster.
Impatient and frustrated with your results. We’ve all seen the ads and TV shows where someone lost 30 lbs in 30 days or dropped 100 lbs in 13 weeks. Please understand that those individuals made drastic changes to their entire life style. Anyone can lose 100 lbs if they didn’t have to work, care for family, attend social events and were pushed to workout for 4-8 hours a day with limited food in the fridge. Be patient with yourself. Permanent change takes time.
Lack of support from family, friends and co-workers. It’s very difficult to change how we eat, what we eat, and when we eat. Family, friends, and co-workers are another obstacle in the mix. I’ve noticed people will react in 3 ways when we start making changes to better our health. They will either Encourage, Discourage or be Indifferent.
Time. If we aren’t already penciling in 30 – 60 minutes a day for exercise or physical activity it is really difficult to squeeze it into our schedules. Some of us find it takes too much time away from loved ones or other hobbies so we give up. Or we just can’t devise a workable plan. For example, in one day you drive 2 – 4 hours round trip, work for 8+ hours (that’s already 10 – 12 hours), add in 8 hours of sleep and 2 hours for breakfast, dinner and shower (etc). That is a total of 20 - 22 hours. When are you supposed to exercise?
Motivation. Some of us just aren’t motivated to change. We are comfortable the way we are, there aren’t any existing consequences for being overweight, our health is fine so why change? We will change when our desire for something different is stronger than being comfortable.
I hope this helps.
Many friends and family have been struggling with sticking to workout programs, healthy eating, drinking more water, etc. In an effort to help y'all out I’m holding a workshop to answer as many wellness and fitness questions as possible. the workshop will kick off a 6-week program beginning in October through mid-November. Just in time for you to enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving and look fierce for New Years Eve! This is a new program I’ve designed so I’m doing it as a PILOT program which means NO FEE. If it works as well as I envision I will do it again in January 2016 to kick off the New Year. There will be several options so you'll be able to tailor this program to your personality and goals. Please stay tuned for exact date, time and location. There will be more details as October approaches.
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Let’s get real. 4 minute abs doesn’t mean you will get a six pack in 4 minutes. It means it is a 4 minute workout targeting your abdominal muscles. If you want a six pack or a flat tummy you need to do at least two things. Develop strong, tight abdominal muscles and shed excess fat in and around your abdomen. Before starting a new exercise program or diet of the week, ask yourself, am I really ready to change my lifestyle? Because that’s exactly what it’s going to take to reach your goal. If you’re not ready and you begin a new program or diet you will not be successful. You will end up cheating or quitting and then you’ll be disappointed in yourself and frustrated. The key to being successful is being mentally and emotionally prepared to commit to changing parts of your life. You will have to change how you eat, what you eat, and your shopping habits. You will have to change your daily routine to incorporate your workout(s). Sometimes you’ll have to wake up an hour earlier than usual or skip that lunchtime gossip session to get your 30 minute walk in. A large majority of the photos you see of fit, toned and a thin people in magazines, on television and the Internet have gone through a grueling process to look that way. Some of them work on their bodies day and night giving up enjoyable foods, alcohol, a social life and dating because of the commitment they made to themselves to look a certain way. Bodybuilders, for example, often refer to it as “the lifestyle”. For the person who isn’t looking to become Mr. or Ms. Olympia, there is no need or desire to take that path. Therefore, you need to remind yourself that you cannot undo years of unhealthy habits in 30 days. It took quite a while (usually years) to create the body you are currently in and it will take time to transform it. Once you understand and accept this you will be better prepared to start your journey and celebrate each victory along the way no matter how small. I hope this is helpful to someone. May you be successful in your transformation!