10 Reasons Fitness Goals Fail

How often have you started a new fitness plan with the best of intentions, only to fall back into old habits within a few weeks?

We all have goals that we are striving to achieve, and it can be disappointing when you feel that you are coming up short, while other people are succeeding.

Whatโ€™s the difference between you and the inspirational before and after photos that you see online?

In many cases, if you've been giving it an honest effort, it actually only takes a few small tweaks to your mindset and daily habits to get the results that you want.

The key is to identify the things that are standing in your way, so you can avoid common roadblocks. This simple strategy can take your results to the next levelโ€”but you have to be committed to the process.

Today, we are taking a look at the top 10 reasons people fail with their fitness goals.

Not only are you going to uncover the barriers between you and your desired results, but we're also going to break down the action steps you can take to propel yourself forward and achieve success with your health and fitness!

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿญ โ€“ ๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—–๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—™๐—œ๐—ง๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ก

When it comes to fitness and weight loss, it always comes back to two basic principles:

1. What are you eating?

2. How are you exercising your body?

Donโ€™t overcomplicate this process by feeling like the only way to succeed is through a complex meal plan or complicated workouts.

Thereโ€™s nothing wrong with following advanced training principles. But you need to be sure that you have the basics in place before you implement a bigger system.

Youโ€™re likely setting yourself up for failure if you are trying to build consistency in a system that is difficult to implement.

If you donโ€™t have a proven history of clean eating and consistent exercise, then the most beneficial thing you can do is to build a foundation on elementary principles.

Do the basics and stay consistent with your efforts, and you will see results!

Over time, you can tweak your meal planning and workout intensity as needed. But consistency has to come firstโ€”it is the key to long term success because it builds systems and habits that can last a lifetime.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿฎ โ€“ ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—–๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—•๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š

One reason why people fall off of the fitness bandwagon is that they get weary of repetitive workouts.

For example, it can be flat out boring to walk on the treadmill day after day...

You only have so much willpower to get you through the boredom ... so it is essential that you look for ways to find engagement and enjoyment in the process.

Because the truth is... workouts donโ€™t have to be boring! Here are a few ways you can infuse fun into your fitness:

โœ”๏ธChoose activities that you enjoy. If you hate spending time at the gym, then try hiking instead of walking on a treadmill. Anything that gets you moving can be considered a work out: skiing, biking, dancing, and more.

โœ”๏ธShake things up by rotating through multiple activities. Not only does variety keep things interesting, but it is important to cross-train so you can maintain balance and flexibility in your fitness routine.

โœ”๏ธCreate a motivating playlist or listen to a good book while working out. Keeping your mind engaged in something interesting will take your focus off the clock. Instead of counting down until your cardio session is over, you can let your mind get lost in a fun story or interesting podcast.

If you feel like exercise is boring, then it likely means that you havenโ€™t found your โ€œsweet spotโ€ yet. Explore new options to figure out what you enjoy.

Being willing to step out of your comfort zone is often the best thing that you can do to discover a new passion.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿฏ โ€“ ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—–๐—ž ๐—ข๐—™ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก

Look for ways that you can infuse motivation into your daily life.

Creating a vision for the future can be a compelling reason to get off the couch and do something that will be good for your body.

Here are a few action steps that might help in creating the motivation and vision that is needed to keep you going:

โœ”๏ธFind a picture of the body type you are working to achieve and hang it on your fridge or bathroom mirror. The visual can keep you on track, even when you donโ€™t feel like it.

โœ”๏ธChoose a few simple affirmations to change your mindset when you are feeling unmotivated. Telling yourself: โ€œYouโ€™ve got this!โ€ while putting on your athletic shoes can be a fast, simple way to shift your thought patterns in the moment.

โœ”๏ธStay fueled with good, healthy food choices and supplements, so you donโ€™t slip up when temptation comes along. Schedule one or two days each week to focus on meal planning so that healthy snacks are easy to grab as you are on the go.

โœ”๏ธLighten your goals if you are feeling overwhelmed by a complicated fitness program. At times, feeling overwhelmed can be the biggest killer of motivation. Look for ways to simplify your actions and goals so that you can see the small bits of success over time.

โœ”๏ธFocus on how you will feel when you are enjoying a healthy, fit life. When you are walking out of a great workout, you wonโ€™t regret that you took the time to strengthen your body. Remember that the endorphins will come if you just start moving.

If you only show up to exercise when you feel like working out, then you will be missing a lot of opportunities!

Motivation can be beneficial to get you started, but you donโ€™t need the motivation to keep going. Yes, strong motivation can help you push through the hard moments.

At the same time, the most important decision you can make is to show up regardless of the way you are feeling each day.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿฐ โ€“ ๐—™๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ž๐—˜๐—˜๐—ฃ ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐— ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—™

How would it feel if you scheduled a lunch date with a good friend, but that person never showed up to the appointment?

In that moment, you would likely feel let-down and disappointed. We consider it rude to no-show to an appointment with a friend. And yet, it is common for us to no-show for ourselves.

If you schedule a time for a workout, then hold to that appointment as if you were meeting a friend at the gym. Keeping promises to yourself can be a powerful way to build internal trust and help you become the person you want to be.

There is incredible power in the practice of keeping promises to yourself.

One common reason people fail with fitness (or any other goal for that matter) is that they break personal promises that were made when the goal was set. These types of promises might include:

โœ”๏ธI promise to go to bed on time, so I have enough energy for my workout in the morning

โœ”๏ธI promise to count my macros

โœ”๏ธI promise to avoid the candy jar at work

โœ”๏ธI promise to go to the gym 4 times per week

More often than not, we let go of these personal commitments. We fail to show up for ourselves in the moments that matter.

Breaking a promise to yourself is a powerful message you are sending your brain: you're not important.

Failing to stick to your personal promises means that your self-care and health is a lower priority than the other activities that you choose instead.

On the flip side, learning to keep promises to yourself can be a powerful way to boost your happiness and self-confidence, which keeps you on track with your goals.

Choose promises you can keep, then be consistent about not letting anything get in your way. Write down those promises and track your progress so you can hold yourself accountable for the daily actions.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿฑ โ€“ ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—–๐—ž ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—”๐—–๐—–๐—ข๐—จ๐—ก๐—ง๐—”๐—•๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฌ

While it is important to show up for yourself, sometimes it can be hard to stick with the plan if you donโ€™t have outside accountability to keep you on track. If you are finding it difficult to maintain consistency by yourself, look for ways you can bring in support from friends or family.

Take time to consider the accountability structure that is most motivating for your personality. Fitness can be a lonely path, especially if you are surrounded by friends and family who donโ€™t prioritize their health.

Find at least one friend who is walking the same path, so you have someone to turn to in the moments when you are feeling weak.

Knowing that you will need to report to another person can often be enough motivation to help you avoid slip-ups along the way.

Accountability might be as simple as a text message at the end of the day to report on your goals.

Or, you could choose to leverage technology in a different way and join an online community such as our Trust Organix โ€œNutrition, Anti-Aging & Fitness Groupโ€ to be connected with a group of like minded and goal-oriented people!

Often, committing to a habit for 6โ€“8 weeks is enough to build the momentum so that you can be self-motivated in the future.

You just need to get past the initial roadblocks so that you can start enjoying the benefits, which gives you a clearer understanding of the long-term results that are in store.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿฒ โ€“ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—” ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ

While it is good to have an accountability partner, consider the exponential power that can come when you are part of a fitness group ... a group of people who are also along their fitness journey!

Spending time around and interacting on social media with people who share similar goals can be an effective way to stay on track with your personal commitments.

โ€œYou are the average of your 5 closest friendsโ€ is a real principle when it comes to health and fitness. If your friends are always eating takeout and playing video games instead of exercising, then itโ€™s likely that you will participate in those same activities.

On the other hand, if youโ€™re spending time with people who enjoy clean eating and physical activities, then it is easier to participate in these same habits as well.

One of the simplest ways to build a fitness group is by paying for a monthly membership at a CrossFit gym, health center, or yoga studio. This investment helps you tap into a network of other people who share similar interests.

Even if that is not an option though, joining and being active in online communities plays a huge role! Heck, just being a part of the Trust Organix Family as a customer and having access to our expertise in fitness, nutrition and supplements is one of the best ways to jump start your health and fitness!

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿณ โ€“ ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—–๐—ž ๐—ข๐—™ ๐——๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—ฆ๐—ฌ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐— ๐—ฆ

Donโ€™t be fooled into thinking that you will accidentally end up in your workout clothes at the gym without being intentional about preparing yourself.

You need to build the habit into your daily system.

Too often, people fail to implement systems, which means they drift through the days, weeks, and months without purpose or intention.

Consider the steps that need to happen before the most important action occurs. Here are a few examples of how you can design a system that sets you up for success:

โœ”๏ธSet out your workout clothes before bed, so you can change into them right when you get up in the morning

โœ”๏ธSchedule meal-prep once or twice a week, then place the prepared meals at eye-level in the fridge

โœ”๏ธTake a gym bag to work, so you can stop at the gym before going home at the end of the day

โœ”๏ธCreate a โ€œhabit chainโ€ in the morning to create a powerful routine each day: make your bed, drink a glass of water, stretch, read 10 pages in a book, workout, eat, shower, go to work ... or whatever it is that works best for you.

โœ”๏ธBuild in environmental cues that will remind you to stay on track: stock the pantry with healthy snack options, place a written reminder of your goals by your computer, or put the protein shake bottle on the counter so itโ€™s the first thing you see in the morning.

When you design a system of small action steps, it takes away the small decisions that can trip you up.

Instead of having to choose your meals each day or decide when you are going to work out, you simply follow the plan because youโ€™ve figured out what works best for your lifestyle.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿด โ€“ ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ช-๐—œ๐—ก๐—ง๐—˜๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฌ ๐—˜๐—™๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง

Are you just โ€œpunching the clockโ€ when you show up at the gym?

If it feels like a chore and you are just trying to get through your workout, then you wonโ€™t have the motivation to maintain the habit.

Yes, a low-intensity workout is better than no workout. But how much are you missing out on because you arenโ€™t putting intensity into your workout?

When you schedule time on the calendar for fitness, show up and give it your all.

If necessary, set your phone aside and turn your attention to the things that you can do to push your body. Instead of spending hours at the gym, you can optimize your fitness routine to maximize benefits in the shortest amount of time.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a great example of ramping up intensity in short bursts, with meaningful rests in between sets.

Pushing your fitness levels a little bit each day will add up in the results that you see over time. Always ask yourself where you can amp up your effort by 10%.

Here are a few examples to spark your ideas:

โœ”๏ธDecrease your rest between sets

โœ”๏ธIncrease your weight during resistance training

โœ”๏ธTruly focus on giving your all during a rep, set, or round

โœ”๏ธIncrease your cardio by just a little bit

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿต โ€“ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ข๐—จ๐—š๐—› ๐—ง๐—œ๐— ๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ก ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐——๐—”๐—ฌ

Itโ€™s a fitness myth that you need to be in the gym 60 minutes a day to see any results. While most training sessions and fitness classes are 60 minutes in length, it doesnโ€™t mean that every workout session needs to be an hour.

In fact, researchers are finding that shorter workouts are more effective as long as you focus on intensity during the workout.

In a lot of cases, a focused HIIT session boosts your metabolism more than a 60-minute workout session. Knock out these heart-pumping exercises in the first hour of your day, then enjoy the benefits of a supercharged metabolic system through the rest of the day.

Even if your schedule is packed, you can squeeze a 20-minute exercise session into your day by cutting out a bit of social media time or getting up a little earlier.

Yes, the reality of a busy schedule can be a challenge ...

But donโ€™t let yourself be fooled into thinking that you should only workout if you have at least an hour available.

The truth is that in many cases you will likely see better results training more intensely for 20 to 40 minutes a day, 3 to 5 days a week, than you will with hour-long, low-intensity sessions 6 days a week.

๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก #๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ - ๐—™๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—–๐—ž ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—š๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ

Generic, nonspecific fitness goals are hurting your results. How often do you hear someone say that their goal is to lose weight or get a six-pack this year?

While these are good aspirations, they arenโ€™t measurable.

Not only do you need to have specifics that help you know when the goal has been met, but you also need to know your starting point. Then, track the action steps that are being taken every step of the way to get you from Point A to Point B.

Tracking data can be empowering because it gives you real-time feedback to see what is working. The data will tell you if you are doing the right things.

If the numbers arenโ€™t lining up to match your overall plan, then it doesnโ€™t mean that you are a failure.

Instead, it is a cue that you need to make a few changes.

Measuring your progress can be done in a variety of ways. I would recommend using multiple ways to measure your progress.

One thing that many people fall victim to, is JUST tracking their progress by the scale.

From years of experience, I can tell you, thatโ€™s a recipe for disaster. Too many variables influence your weight on a day to day basis ... even at an hour to hour level.

If you choose to track by the scale, weigh yourself once a week. Then support that measurement with photos, body metrics, habits, etc.

You can count macros, track workout sessions, or write down everything you eat each day.

The easiest solution to simplify your fitness tracking is to choose the right app, with features that keep you on track through notifications and accountability.

๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฃ ๐—ง๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐——๐—ข๐—œ๐—ก๐—š!

Whether you are just getting started with a new fitness routine, or you are looking for ways to stay on track with your current goals, it is important to watch for these 10 roadblocks that can get in the way of your success.

Procrastination is the root cause of failure. Donโ€™t allow yourself to fall into the trap of saying, โ€œThis will be my last cheat weekend.... Iโ€™ll start on my fitness goal next week.โ€ We all do this on occasion, but if youโ€™re serious about improving your health, the time is NOW to stop talking about it and start doing it!


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