Some have trouble with completing their fitness programs. This is a very common problem but luckily it has many solutions. I understand that fitness and bodybuilding doesn’t only involve picking heavy weights and putting them down. There is a mental aspect as well, and it is very important. So let’s see what we can do about it.
Stick to a plan
What i recommend to you is to find a suitable plan for you, and stick to it for at least 1 year before you change programs. Learn the basics, the basics of nutrition, weightlifting and rest. Get passionate about the subject, even invest in a good program that is proven to get you results. It is a very important thing to stick to a plan for at least one or two years of serious lifting. This is because consistency is everything and this will allow you to focus on what really matters. People that go from program to program will not see the same results.
Understand that change takes time
Changes really occur everyday, the thing is we are only able to see significant changes, when it comes to body composition you start to notice changes in about 4-6 weeks and people start to notice in about 12-10 weeks, we gotta understand that this is in case you are doing everything right and you are gaining muscle and or losing fat according to your goals. But changes will take time, if you are thinking you will see results in 2-4 weeks then you are just setting yourself up to failure.
Invest in yourself
A lot of people hesitate to make a change because of their appearance, or because they are ashamed of how they look. This is normal but you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable with how you look, everyone starts somewhere. So get into the mindset that you are there to make a change.
What do i recommend for you in that case? Invest in some good workout clothes, some nice sport shoes, leggings, shorts, earphones. Whatever will help you to feel more comfortable in the gym, you don’t have to spend much or any at all, but it is a recommendation.
Get some motivation but don’t depend on it
People often struggle to find motivation to start working out or even to start something new. You will need to work on your mindset. In this case i recommend that you recognize why you want to make a change, it doesn’t matter why, what matters is that is important to you.
You can follow people in social media that you look up to, watch transformation videos, listen to motivational speeches and write a list of why are you doing a change in your life and what will be the main benefits, to build up that momentum, read that list every night and see yourself succeeding at your goals.
Get into a challenge or have witnesses for your goals
One easy way to adhere to your goals is to make them public, this has been shown to make you accountable for your goals. Get into a challenge, there are a bunch of online fitness challenges, post about it, talk about it but the most important thing, get it done.
When you have something to look forward too, you are a lot more likely to build momentum for yourself (some people can do it without it). This motivation can be the fuel for you to develop a passion for this lifestyle.
At the end of the week get a little reward for yourself, save calories for a burger on Sunday, or buy something little for you. Just be proud of your progress if you don’t want to do any of those things. Recognizing your hard work or adherence is not mandatory, but i encourage to be proud of yourself.
Change your self beliefs
This is one of the most important things of this post. You need to make sure that you believe you an actually accomplish your goals. What you belief about yourself is a very important aspect of fitness. How can you lose weight and build muscle if you don’t believe you can actually do it?
How can you be strong, fit and muscular if in your mind you believe you are weak? You need to work on your beliefs. For this simply visualize yourself accomplishing your goals. You can go further and read mantras every morning about your goals.
Make the process enjoyable
Workout with your favorite music, cook enjoyable healthy meals, make this process enjoyable! One of the problems of this lifestyle is that people often associate it with boredom and monotony. You don’t have to eat plain chicken and rice every meal. You can learn to cook enjoyable meals for yourself.
You don’t have to do boring walking machine cardio, you can go outside and listen to an audio book or have other activity like playing basketball or boxing. There are a lot of ways to live this lifestyle and it doesn’t have to be boring! If you happen to like “boring” then go ahead and do what if works for you! But we have a lot of options nowadays.
Surround yourself with the right people
If you want to make it easier for you to succeed it can be useful to surround yourself with the right people. I am not saying that in order for you to succeed it is mandatory to ditch out all of your non-fitness friends. But it will certainly make it easier for you to stick to your plan and keep learning new things.
You won’t make the same progress if your Saturday consists of binge drinking and 3 am fast food, that’s just reality. It doesn’t mean you have to give your life up it just means that you need to make some little sacrifices and when you go out partying or something like that, you need to watch you caloric intake and food intake. It’s all about balance and i don’t want you to become a machine.
All of these tips are not a 100% guarantee that you will finally stick to a plan, but they definitely help and you can benefit from them. What else do you do in order to achieve your goals? Let me know in the comments!