Friday, November 1, 2013

Why you don't reach your fitness goals

1. Fear
Fear is one of the biggest obstacles we have in regards to achieving our goals. It can be the fear of something new that prevents you from ever trying. It can also be fear of failure that prevents you from reaching your goals. If you are scared that you might fail you may never start. It can be fear of what your friends think. 
Make small steps towards your goal each day. Do something outside of your comfort zone. If you are afraid of failing and never start you have already failed. If you are scared of what your friends think and they can't support you in your pursuit of your goals get rid of them. The most important thing you can do is surround yourself with people who support you.

2. You never even start:
If you never even start how do you expect to reach your goals? I had one lady tell me that it was too hard for her but when I asked her how many times a week she was exercising she said she hadn't even started. ARE YOU KIDDING ME, WAKE UP AND GET OUT THERE!!
This one is pretty easy, start walking, go to the gym, walk the dog, run, honestly do anything that is going to help you reach your goals and write your goals down. If you never start you can't accomplish your goals and if you write your goals down you are more likely to achieve them.

3. You don't stay on a specific program:
I used to be the worst offender of this. I would start a workout plan and have some great results and then fall off the bandwagon because I found a cool new workout plan. If you are trying to achieve your goals stick to a program for at least 6 weeks. 

4. Time
But Ben I don't have enough time. If you say this to me I am going to kick you in the shin and then I will tell you to write down everything that you do during the day. I will find out what you are really doing that is wasting time. How many of you continually waste time playing video games, WATCHING TV, and doing other sorts of nonsense that will not get you the results you need.
The easy way to combat this is find the time. I don't care if it is 10 minutes twice per day or if you have to CUT BACK ON TV (I know shocker huh, watch a little less of your doctor show, or vampire/zombie show). 

5. Commitment
"I think I am going to just go to Starbucks and have a cup of sugar with my coffee and then eat this oversized pastry instead of going to the gym" said no one committed to their goals. If you can't get to the gym or are struggling to stay on track then you are struggling with accountability/commitment. 
Get a friend to come to the gym with you, drag your husband or wife, or hire a trainer. Write down your goals. If you need to put money in a jar and give it to a charity for every day that you fail to exercise that will keep you on track.

6. I’m not losing enough weight
If you are not losing weight figure out why and fix it. "I have been working out all the time and I can't lose the weight". If this is you then you might very well be eating the wrong foods, drinking too much alcohol, or doing the same boring VHS "buns & guns" that your mom did when you were 7. 
Weight comes off in inches people. If your trainer does not tell you this then get another one who knows this. If you lose 3 inches in your waist but gain a pound are you going to complain??? NO, because you lost 3 inches and probably added lean muscle mass. If you are doing the right things in the gym and are eating the right foods it will happen.  I would also recommend using myfitnesspal or a similar app to track calories.

7. You eat too much sugar:
The average American eats 160 pounds of sugar every year and we wonder why we get diabetes. If you like soda, coffee with sugar, energy drinks, alcohol, Gatorade, PowerAde, and even fruit juice, they are all bad for you. 
The easiest way to combat this is by drinking water, drinking alcohol on the rocks or with water, cut back on sugary sweets and definitely cut back on Starbucks. Look, I love gummy bears and chocolate as much as anyone but I know that if I eat them they will give me joint pain, headaches, and much worse.

8. You eat carbs like they are going out of style
This is self-explanatory limit your carb intake to cut down unwanted body fat.

9. You start but you don't finish
If you start and are having great results or any at all don't stop. Too many people allow their busy schedule, soccer practice, marathons of desperate housewives and the other excuses. IF YOUR GOAL IS IMPORTANT YOU WILL FIND A WAY TO CONTINUE.

10. You look for the easy fix
"Hey Jenny I watched that infomercial for little cookie bar diet the other day and I think I am going to do it" MY ANSWER IS NOOOOO!!!! People are always going to look for the quick fix and the truth is it takes hard work and dedication to reach your goals. The weight loss pills don't work and are a scam. The arm circle 9000, and shake weights do not work so please stop buying them. 

11. Weight loss surgery or medications
I will be honest with you and say that over 70% of people who get the surgery go right back to the way they were before. Why does this happen? It happens because they didn't make the lifestyle changes necessary to sustain the amount of weight they gained before the surgery.
Do yourself a favor and take the proper steps to lose the weight. Hire a trainer, workout with a friend, or have someone hold you accountable. Change takes time, you didn't gain the weight in one night so you shouldn't lose it all in a day.

12. You don't do cardio or weight training
If you are not doing one or both start today.

13. You listen to the wrong people
Every person is different Ms. Jones down the street might want to get toned up and look sexy while Janet is going to want to lose weight. Don't get me wrong Janet wants to look sexy too but she has to lose the weight first. Each person is going to be different and have certain things that work for them. We were not all created the same. 
Do what makes you feel good and what fits your goals. 

14. You don't drink enough water
This one is simple drink more water.

15. You don't seek professional help
You can't become the dynamic superstar that you want to be overnight. You will have a much better chance to reach your goals if you seek out the guidance of professionals and NO THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE BIGGEST GUY OR SMALLEST GIRL AT THE GYM!!

Dedicated to helping you become your best self,

Ben Myslenski