How to Avoid Becoming a Fitness Failure

When it comes to fitness, no one likes being a failure, yet more than half

of new exercisers quit their program within the first six months. With a

little help you can ensure you’re not one of them. Give these ideas a try

as you begin your exercise program for the new year.

Set goals

If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get

there? Setting short-term and long-term goals may increase your

chance of success. Your goals must give a clear picture of the end-point

to work towards. Use the SMART model, your goal should be Specific,

Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Without these

you’ll never know if you have achieved the goal. You can’t just say “lose

weight or gain energy.” Instead say, “I will lose 10 pounds in 12 weeks

by doing strength training 3 times a week and cardio 3 times a week.”

Go for variety

Whether you do a home workout or belong to a gym, build your routine

on cross-training to keep things fresh and interesting, and keep yourself

from developing an injury. Frequently vary the order of your exercises

and mix in dumbbells, barbells, resistance tubing, machine or body

weight exercises. Don’t be afraid to take a class.

Track your progress

Write down your measurements and weight at the beginning of your

program. Keep a workout log and use it. Seeing results is a great

motivator. At least once a month, re-measure and review your log to see

advances in your aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility and body


Seek out support

A workout partner with similar goals and a positive attitude can make

your workout more fun. knowing you are accountable to another person

can be a great motivator too. So can working with a certified personal


Devise a backup plan

Time and access are the largest obstacles to fitness, and even devoted

exercisers experience lapses. Don’t use these as excuses to avoid

exercise. Having some portable home workout gear like a stability ball,

resistance tubing, jump rope, and dumbbells, will allow you to work out

while traveling, at home or even at work. With limited time, focus on


movements for the largest muscle groups and superset 2 for opposing

muscle groups. A brief but intense workout can be accomplished in a

few minutes.

Just do it

While pumping iron may not be right for everyone, the idea being active

is. Find something you enjoy doing that elevates your heart rate and

challenges you most days of the week. Also pay attention to how you

feel. If you are like most people in as little as three weeks you will find


sleeping better and feeling more rested.

The information contained in this article is strictly for informational

purposes and is not intended to provide medical advice. If you are

sedentary or over 40 please get clearance from a doctor before starting

an exercise program.

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©Rick DeToma