Has this ever happened to you?
Every year around this time millions flock to the health club, join a diet center, or make a pledge to get fit this year.
Yet by February 1, 90% have failed in their resolution and have returned to their old ways.
Sure they’re frustrated, discouraged, and miserable with their current condition… but feeling that way about your health and your body does not determine whether or not you will be successful this year in making a real change.
Well, there are many reasons for fitness failure. And as a fitness professional I see them all the time.
Here’s my Top 10 list of why fitness programs fail:
1. Incomplete programs – starting a strength training program, with no attention paid to nutrition. Or beginning a cardio program without addressing strength training, etc. I could go on and on. But chances are you can identify with one of these scenarios.
2. Failure to address nutrition first – starting an exercise program, and failing to address nutrition FIRST is just plain dumb. You’ve got to feed your body the right “fuel” to exercise, have energy, keep up with the increase in activity, and furthermore really get your metabolism moving.
3. Incomplete nutrition – with all the wacko diets and ‘well-meaning’ but ‘uneducated’ friends giving you advice in this area, it’s no wonder there is so much confusion. All protein. No protein. All organic. Low glycemic. High glycemic. Good fats. Bad fats. If you’re confused when it comes to how to really put together a nutrition program that will get you to your goals, you’re not alone.
4. Avoiding strength – mostly a mistake made by women. Doing 2 hours of cardio is NOT an effective workout!!! I don’t know why ladies are afraid of strength training, but your metabolism is only stimulated in the gym by working All your muscles. That means making strength a priority!
5. Push too hard, too soon – this one is really sad, and it happens because most folks begin exercising with no instruction. And also because most folks are IMPATIENT, and they have nobody to help them establish realistic goals on a timetable, with a plan to accomplish them. So they workout like an animal for a week, then can’t move their body for three, and lose all the motivation they had when they started. Totally unnecessary.
6. No warm-up – Whether you haven’t worked out in a while. Or you’ve been exercising regularly. MOST folks do not put anytime into preparing their body for exercise. And this is essential… especially as you get older! You’ve got to warm up the car, before you put the ‘petal to the metal’. Otherwise you’re just asking to break somethin’ and be in the repair shop… and trust me, you DON’T want to go there.
7. No flexibility – not stretching is asking for injury. And it’s not “if”, it’s “when.” Stretching and attention to flexibility must be part of your warm-up and cool-down routine. And the more you exercise, the more you have to stretch. I preach this all the time, but some folks just don’t listen until it’s too late.
Don’t let this happen to you.
8. No post workout nutrition – why is it important to feed your body a certain way after exercise? Because the right nutrition after exercise will accelerate your recovery dramatically, refuel glycogen (gas in your tank) and reduce soreness dramatically. Anytime you perform intense exercise, or strength training, attention MUST be paid to nutrition after the workout.
And there is a VERY specific formula for maximizing this. Use it and succeed, ignore it and suffer.
9. Lack of professional guidance – go into any health club this week and you’ll see it all over the place.
The “blind leading the blind.” Often well-meaning and intentioned, but incredibly misinformed and uneducated folks will sink your fitness ship faster than you can say “Titanic.” You wouldn’t ask just anybody to give you financial advice, nor would you have just anybody just you legal advice. You invest in experts to get expert guidance. That’s why anyone serious about getting results from a fitness program should invest in working with a professional coach. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”
10. Lack of accountability – you cannot be accountable to yourself. Read that statement again. No matter how good your intentions are, if left to your own devices you will almost always revert to old lifestyle patterns. I call it the “rubber band effect.” You start to stretch out, make changes, then before you know it you’re pulled right back to your old form. And that isn’t where you want to be. You’ve got to work hard to break free and adopt new lifestyle patterns. Having a coach hold you accountable to your plan and
IMPLEMENTATION is essential. Without somebody to hold you accountable, you results will almost always be little to nil. With so many reasons for failure, what’s the BEST way to ensure your success this year?
Follow a proven model or system of success, and invest in a coaching program (private or group, depending on your needs) to ensure you’re following the right program for you… and are being held ACCOUNTABLE to your goals.
It’s that simple.
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If you are ready, give me a call at 243-0379. We will set up a Free Consultation, and find out which plan will be best for you =)