Fitness obstacles and setbacks come in all shapes and sizes, and whether it holds you back from your health and fitness goals for a day, a week, a month, or longer, don’t beat yourself up over it - there are ways to get back on track!
The first thing you need to do is acknowledge and accept the setback. Make peace with yourself - these things happen!
Here are some fitness obstacles you may face and what you can focus on to help you move forward...
“I’m not enjoying my workouts anymore.”
It's natural to grow weary of a repetitive workout day after day, especially when you're doing it alone. But exercise doesn't have to be boring!
If you’re tired of your previous workout regime and crave something new, then go for it! Listen to what your body wants and mix things up. Try a new exercise program, or join a fitness challenge. Something new and outside your comfort zone can be exciting and revive your desire to exercise.
You can also try exercising with friends. What’s a better pick me up than your go-to girl? Having someone like your bestie to hold you accountable or join you for workouts could be the driving force you need. When there’s someone relying on you to your workout, you’re much more likely to do it
“I don't have enough time to exercise.”
Time is the number one fitness obstacle. Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge but with a little creativity, it’s possible to get your body moving more without having to endure hours in the gym.
If you don't have time for a full workout, don't sweat it! Shorter spurts of exercise, such as a 10-minute HIIT workout, or 30 minutes of walking spaced throughout the day, offer benefits too.
Or, if your days are packed and the evening hours are just as hectic, get up 30 minutes earlier twice a week to exercise. Once you've adjusted to early-morning workouts, add another day or two to the routine.
Another option is to schedule exercise as you would schedule an important appointment. Block off times for physical activity, and make sure your friends and family are aware of your commitment.
“I’ve lost my motivation.”
We’ve all been there. Sometimes we struggle to get through the never-ending push-ups, or even manage to start them at all. But there are some quick and simple ways to help reignite your fitness flame.
Ask yourself, “why did I begin exercising in the first place?” Do you want to lose weight, get stronger, or does it simply make you feel good? Rediscover your ‘why’ and your reason for working out. Write it down and keep bringing it your attention. This will help to revive your inspiration and motivation.
Also, reach out to your support network. They’re your cheer squad for a reason. Whether it’s your partner, siblings, besties, or online community, reach out and let them know how you’re feeling. It’s likely they’ve experienced a setback at some point in their lives too, so they’ll check in with you, lift you up and help to reignite your fitness spark.
“I'm too tired to exercise after work.”
No energy to work out after a long, busy day? We get it, sis. Try a morning dose of exercise instead. Squeeze in a quick sweat sesh while you listen to the radio or watch the morning news. Or step outside for a brisk walk before your morning coffee.
You can also make lunchtime count! Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk, and take a brisk walk during your lunch break.
The important thing to remember is to never give up. Don’t beat yourself up if you face a fitness obstacle or setback - embrace it! It’s a chance to start fresh, take on a new challenge, and push yourself - and in the end, you’ll become a stronger person for it. Take this opportunity to learn more about yourself, your body, and your fitness journey. Rediscover your fitness motivation and appreciate the determination and resilience you’ll have after overcoming this setback. You have the ability to overcome this. You've got this, sis.
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