4 Reasons You Are Failing at Exercise

I know you have good intentions to exercise regularly.  You care about your health.  You want to feel better.  So you decide that you will exercise – you will work out on a regular basis.fail

But you don’t do it.  You think about it.  You know you should do it.  Yet often it just doesn’t happen.

Sound familiar?

Through my work with various clients, I’ve discovered 4 key reasons people don’t exercise.  Take a look and see which ones apply to you and how you can work around them:

  1. You try to do something you don’t like.  I used to fall into this category.  Runners are in great shape, right?  They are committed, they exercise regularly and it’s fast.  All true.  Sadly I just don’t like to run.  Every time I try to commit to running (starting a couch to 5K, signing up for a race, etc.)  I just don’t enjoy exercising.  It becomes a chore.  Often I can complete whatever goal I’m looking to achieve but I’m sure not having fun doing it.  Plus once that goal is met I find “reasons” to slack off and stop running.  Eventually I had to accept that running isn’t for me.  But guess what?  That leaves a LOT of other ways to exercise that I DO like.  If this is you, make a list of all the physical activities you like to do and start doing one of them as your daily exercise.
  2. You are exercising for the wrong reasons.  It’s super important to know why you are exercising.  If it’s just to lose 5 pounds, it’s going to be pretty hard to maintain an exercise practice.  You need a valid reason for exercising – one that resonates with your life goals or it will be too easy to slack off and skip your workouts.   Although looking good is a nice side benefit to exercise, what keeps me going is the extra energy it gives me.  With my busy life I need all the energy I can get, and I know staying healthy and exercise will help me!
  3. Timing.  For most people exercising first thing in the morning is the best.  It gives you a huge feeling of accomplishment early in the day and keeps other tasks from crowding out exercise.  If you don’t currently exercise in the morning, I encourage you to give it a try for a few days and see how it feels.  If it doesn’t work for you, start experimenting with other times until you find YOUR exercise sweet spot.
  4. Mindset.  This last one is a tough one, but if you can change your mindset from “I HAVE to exercise” to “I GET to exercise” it will become much easier to stick to a regular workout program.  A good way to change that mindset is to create a list of all the positive things about exercising.  Things like: it makes me feel better, I have more energy, I get to do something for myself, I get to be around other adults, I feel like I’ve accomplished something, etc.  Whatever it is that exercise does for you, list it out and start concentrating on that list each and every time you exercise.  Before you know it, you’ll start automatically having those positive feelings while working out and it becomes less of a chore and more of a joy.

What is your biggest struggle with consistent exercise?  How will you start combating it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, so please share!

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