An estimated number of 12 million Aussies aged 15 and above exhibit low levels of physical activity. This trend may very well be a personal choice or possibly a result of exercise programs that did not work well as planned.
This article highlights the 7 common reasons why exercise programs fail, in the hope that they could be avoided:
Setting Unrealistic Expectations
If you weigh about 100 kgs and you wish to lose 20 kgs on your best friend’s wedding next month, you are not only imposing unnecessary stress on your body, but also harming your mental health. This is a very frustrating goal to achieve, an unrealistic one.
Regardless of the diet program, be it keto, intermittent fasting, or vegan, the journey is bound to fail when the goal is not hinged on reality.
Taking on an Incomplete Program
Most people, especially the novices, are easily lured into following diet fads that their nutritional and fitness needs are not holistically and completely satisfied. Focusing on cardio or weight training alone does not necessarily optimize your overall fitness state.
It only bulks you up. Experts suggest that a program should at least include proper diet, energy-system training, resistance training, corrective and flexibility exercises.
Failing to Customise the Program
So, the program is complete with all the necessary components, now the question – is it fit for a 60- or 20-year old like you? And if so, does it also suit your lifestyle, your body size, and medical condition?
The point is, you do not simply copy other people’s fitness plans. You identify your needs and then custom fit the program. This way, the exercises appear more doable.
Forgetting to Conduct an Assessment
Physical assessment, done by an expert, a nutritionist or a physician perhaps, not just a gym instructor, is needed for a sound fitness program. Otherwise, when you rely on your fitness desires alone and an eyeball method of assessing your needs, chances are you’ll be deceived and assume problems.
Weight gain, for instance, may be caused by an underlying thyroid problem or diabetes. Safety should be a priority, so take time to consult with a physician first and foremost. More so, with an initial assessment, you can best spot areas prone to injuries and prevent the worst case.
Not Seeking a Coach
Coaches exist for a reason. They observe your movements, correct your errors, motivate you during lazy days, serve as the devil’s advocate during cheat days, and help you avoid false expectations promoted by most marketing campaigns.
With a fitness coach around, no one gets easily disillusioned, frustrated, and end up not quitting.
Not Factoring In Recovery Time
Your body seeks homeostasis, always. So it is normally that you want to rest for a few days after a heavy workout session. Even when the exercise sets are routinely performed, still the body will seek time for sleep, for rest, for quiet and calm days.
These gaps are also good for stress management, so burnout, which is the common reason for cheat days, can be avoided.
Failing to Take Note of Incremental Changes
It is so easy to lose heart when the 10-kg weight loss goal is not achieved. The problem is that most people fail to appreciate the incremental changes. More so, they do not set their program on a progressive scheme, to begin with.
Identify your goals, measure them in quantifiable units and at regular intervals to appreciate the small yet ongoing changes.
Hopefully, with the awareness of these shortcomings, you’ll better be able to craft your fitness program wisely and come out successful.