The Biggest Reason Why Fitness Goals Fail

It seems that we as a nation never truly learn from our past mistakes. Each and every January, millions of people set somewhat unattainable fitness goals. From wanting to lose weight, to squeezing back into that favorite pair of skinny jeans, or to just see a small number on the scale, being healthy is something that we are becoming more and more aware of, but going about in the incorrect way when trying to achieve it.

In fact, close to thirty percent of people fail to accomplish the fitness goals they set forth just last year, and not even a mere 40 percent of those that set goals for themselves, completed half of what they said they were setting out to do. So, it seems that the odds are stacked against many of us this year as well.

So its safe to say, that for the large majority of us, fitness goals as new years resolutions simply do not work, at least not in the way that we hope when we first make them. Now, according to recent research on the subject, there’s a key reason why.

All too many of us set goals without truly assessing how we will achieve them, or having set milestones along the way. Seeing the bigger picture is all well and good, but when you don't see the smaller ones along the way it can be the easiest way to derail your plans due to dissatisfaction. Failing to look at and consider your past when looking ahead to the future is also why these fitness plans fail. Learning from the things you've done before, helps you to not repeat the same things and see the journey to completion.

One of the best things to do when setting any goal, especially one that pertains to your health is to first identify any and all obstacles that get in the way of what you are trying to achieve. Knowing this can help you to steer clear of them as you go. Knowing what is within yourself, holding you back from success is the first step to actually being able to better achieve it.

For many of us, the answer to this is the habits that we have in our lives. As we age, it becomes increasingly harder to break from tradition and to form new habits, so falling back into what we know, which is the reason we are where we are in the first place, is the leading culprit. Forming a plan of action that you know works for you, and avoid the pitfalls you've pinpointed, can help you to bypass anything that will potentially harm you efforts. you should also always know what to do if you do encounter something that gets in your way, as to better navigate through the ups and downs that anyone has in trying to get fitter, healthier and happier.

Making the age old excuse of not having enough time to exercise or exercise not being your thing, is tired and outdated. Even if you're not overly fond of exercise, making it fun should be your task in order to better motivate yourself into succeeding. We all get tired, but how we handle ourselves in these situations, when our minds are telling us that we can't, we have to persevere. Keeping your eye on the end game is essential to seeing it actually come to fruition.

So, set your goals, and do so wisely, knowing what may lay ahead and how to navigate through.

 

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