3 barriers why you are not achieving your fitness goals 11 Oct. 2018

1. Stop making excuses, start making changes.

We all give excuses why we shouldn’t go to the gym.

If you really want to change the way you look, you should be doing everything in your power to do so. If you find that you are giving multiple excuses every week not to work out, then you may find that you simply do not have the drive or passion to change and your priorities are elsewhere at that time in your life. Remember, no one is going to change your body for you unless you put in the work.

If you give tell yourself that your excuse not to do a workout is credible enough, you are always going to use that as an excuse not to workout. For example, winter is upon us and you may tell yourself on Monday evening that its ‘too cold to go to the gym’. That excuse will then be used on Tuesday, Wednesday and so on until winter is over. Giving excuses is just a habit that can be out trained.

Next time you plan on going to the gym, make it a priority, do it in the morning to get it out of the way. Have a planned workout before you go and do not let your inner voice talk you out of it. Each time you go, this will only break the previous habit and reinforce a positive attitude towards working out.

2. Confidence, discipline and willpower.

Confidence plays a massive role in in your life and can really hold you back in all aspects. If the gym is something that you are nervous or afraid of, make yourself push through the uncomfortable as you will develop confidence in yourself.

In no time, you will be amazed with what you can accomplish. Confidence is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Using the gym as a confidence tool is a great way to make you develop a positive relationship with yourself.

People tend to eat on emotions & boredom, not on hunger. Bored at work? Eat. Watching TV? Eat. Stopping to get petrol? Eat.

Next time you find that you are surrounded by food, ask yourself if you are hungry or if you are just eating based on emotion as this will strengthen your will power. You are in control of your decisions.

To develop discipline, when you go to grab that chocolate muffin next time you are in Starbucks, think about how that muffin will take you closer to your goals. If you know it will take you further away, put it down. Change the “I can’t resist the urge” to “I can resist the urge”. Self-discipline is a learned behaviour and if you want to develop an unbreakable will power then it takes time and repetition. The amount of willpower a person has is predetermined by their beliefs. If you believe you have little will power to resist temptations, then you are likely to give in.

Tip to ensure you stay on track with your goals:

We all have weaknesses and guilty pleasures so If you know that the restaurant you’re going to has a rocky road ice cream cake for dessert, plan your decreasing your food intake throughout the day so you can ensure you are not over consuming and enjoy the dessertnguilt-free.

3. Not having a personalised plan tailored to your goals

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”.

Have you ever walked into the gym and felt completely clueless as to what to do? You resort to going on the treadmill as you know that’s the simplest thing.

If your goal is to gain muscle, the treadmill is not going to achieve that for you. You are not generic therefore your training shouldn’t be.

Having a structured training programme allows you to learn how to perform exercises with correct form. It teaches you about your body and it gives you a clear structure to follow, allowing you to progress. It increases success rate because you are held accountable for completing your workouts. Without having a plan before you go into the gym, you are ultimately setting yourself up for failure.