Keeping up a regular exercise routine isn’t easy. You’ll need to fight every step of the way to keep yourself motivated and work towards your end goal. In many ways, though, your efforts here can feel a lot like running on the treadmill. You’re working as hard as you can, but you aren’t getting anywhere.
Nothing’s more disheartening than not seeing results from the work you put in. When that feeling sets in, it’s all too easy to give up altogether. The trouble is that, when you give up, you remove any chance you did have of reaching those goals. Besides, people who do give up are usually closer to those achievements than they realize. Yet, even after a few days of skipping their routines, they put themselves back at square one.
If you’re struggling to push through right now, you might want to think twice before chucking in that sweaty towel. Instead, turn to these emergency measures which should see you through.
Get to the bottom of the problem
If exercise isn’t working for you, there’s probably a reason. By diagnosing the problem, you could adjust your methods to see results sooner. That, in turn, should ensure you don’t feel the need to give up again. The problems underneath are sure to vary from person to person. Ask yourself key questions, like whether you’re pushing your boundaries or growing your practice. Consider, too, the kinds of exercise you’re choosing, and whether they’re the best way towards your goal. At some stage, you’re sure to realize what’s holding you back. Once you know that, there’s no excuse not to try again.
Remember that you aren’t the only one struggling
The world of exercise can be strangely competitive. If you head to the gym and end up exhausted, it’s easy to feel inferior to all those who aren’t even breaking a sweat. Even among your friends, you may feel like you’re the only one having a hard time. But, there’s every chance that this isn’t the case. Most people on a get-fit journey have wobbles like this. The best way to make yourself feel less alone in this is to follow along with other people’s efforts on blogs like Challenge SEP. A few weeks into reading, you’ll see that everyone faces setbacks sometimes. If that doesn’t quite satisfy your feeling of failure, talk to friends. The chances are that they have as hard a time as you do. And, once you open that dialogue, you may find that things like group exercise could help you all to help each other.
If neither of the above work, then we’re afraid that you’ll just need to keep pushing. Remember that most people who give up are closer to their goals than they know. Set yourself to keep going for two weeks or a month. Within that time, keep pushing yourself as much as you’re able. By the end of it, we’re willing to bet that you’ll start to see some results.