Fitness goals are something that a lot of people have these days. But what can you do when you aren't making progress like you want to? Well if you have hit a roadblock with your exercise, you need to read the tips below to help you get back on track.
Stopping before you have begun
One of the biggest hurdles to getting fit is that people like the idea of it much more than the reality. That means despite all the good intentions in the world they often don't follow through with any plans that will actually improve their fitness levels. So they are effectively shooting themselves in the foot and stopping before they have even begun. But what can you do if this is your roadblock?
Well, first of all, you need to forgive yourself. Most people don't respond well to a ‘drill sergeant’ mentality, especially if it is coming from themselves, so cut yourself a break. To succeed, you will need to realize that you are going to make little mistakes and have small failures along the way. That is all part of the fitness journey that you want to begin.
The next thing is to take a look at the goal that you are setting yourself. It may be that you want to lose 50lbs or run a marathon, These are great long-term fitness goals, but they are rubbish for getting you up and out of your warm bed in the morning and along to the gym.
Instead, you need to have small, measurable targets to work to that are attainable. Eventually, all your small goal should add up to achieving your larger goal, but they are going to be much easier to do and success at. It's basically the difference between trying to run a mile and 27 miles. One is a lot easier than the other, so which one would you choose?
Progress has plateaued
Another issue that can thwart your attempts at achieving your fitness goals is when your progress plateaus. This is when you are still putting in the same effort, you are going to workout classes, or running 5K, 3 times a week, or pumping weights in the gym. But you just don't seem to be getting bigger, or smaller or faster, or stronger. This, of course, depends on you original goal! This can be a major frustration for people and can cause them all sorts of problems with their motivation.
So what can you do about it? Well, there are a few ways of dealing the plateaued progress and it may be that you have to give them all a go and find the one that works to move your own progress forward.
Firstly take a break. Yup, that right sometimes our bodies can get so used to doing the same sorts of activities, and working the same muscle groups over, and over again that they just become acclimatized to it. That means you'll see little or no progress even though you are still putting on the effort. Taking a short break of a week might just change things up enough that your body recognized the effort that it is putting when you do exercise.
Second, you can try changing the type of fitness activity you are doing. For example, If you are a runner, attending a circuits class or getting a rowing machine can help you move different muscle groups and improve your overall fitness. This is turn can help to improve your running.
However, this can be a problem for some people as they don't want to fit the gym into their daily routine. Instead, they can use a fitness DVD or some home equipment to change things up. Happily for those people, there are plenty of home gym items available for sale on the internet. You can even use review sites to find out which is the best rowing machine or running machine to reach your goals.
Injuries, whether serious or minor can be hugely problematic when you are trying to achieve a fitness goal. Firstly you have the conundrum of whether you should train through, or rest up so you can train again another day? Views on this get pretty controversial, and you are best off making your own mind up. Just remember that pain is the body's way of telling you there's a problem, so it's probably not best to ignore it, especially if it's the sharp and urgent kind.
What you can do instead is alter the exercises that you are doing so they don't involve the injured area. For example, if you have a sprained ankle, take some time at the gym to use the bicep and triceps machines. Or if you have a broken arm, why not hop on an exercise bike and works those legs for a while.
Working around the injury can be helpful because it's unlikely you will see such a large fall in your fitness levels. You also get to keep to some sort of fitness habit, which helps you keep your routine and motivation up for when you are recovered fully.
Got out of the habit
Talking of habits, getting out of them can cause some major issues with your fitness goals. The thing is that even the most dedicated gym goer will, on occasion, have to change their plans due to a family or work commitment. The real issue occurs with this, when you have to do it for a prolonged period of time, as then getting back into the habit can be diabolically hard.
While there is little, you can do about family or work emergencies getting in the way of your exercise time, except accept that it is a part if the unpredictable nature of life, you can do your best to maximize your chances of sticking with your fitness habit.
To do this first start small, even after a break, that means it won't be so hard or make you feel so tired after either. Also schedule your exercise time for a part of the day that causes the least problems for you. For example, if you are a mom of young kids, pick a time when they are all off at school. Or if you have a busy job, set aside a lunch hour a few time a week in which to exercise.