As I prepare to take my group fitness instructor exam in order to become a certified fitness professional, I recognize that I need to know as much about this field as possible if I want to have profound success. With this thought in mind, I have been carefully considering why people find themselves unable to experience the results they want with any given fitness plan. In studying the issue, I have found that the following three things can sabotage a fitness plan:
1. No Support System.
Although you may think that developing a lifestyle of physical fitness isn’t serious enough to warrant a support system, it is. If you have been accustomed to leading a sedentary and therefore unhealthy lifestyle for an extended period of time, becoming fit will constitute a change in your way of being. This profound change can entail a plethora of challenging emotions such as fear, insecurity, and anxiety. By hooking up with people who will support you in your journey towards physical fitness, you can gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to develop and stick to an effective program that will help you attain your fitness goals. In addition to gaining the support of a professional fitness instructor, be sure to surround yourself with friends and family members who approve of the positive lifestyle changes you’re making.
2. You’re Not Making Dietary Improvements.
Although deciding to start a fitness program is one of the best wellness decisions you can make, failing to supplement this decision with healthy eating can sabotage your plan to lose weight and feel great. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that eating the right foods can elevate mood, help you shed unwanted pounds more rapidly, and give you the energy necessary to complete more difficult exercises that burn more calories. Thus if you are exercising consistently but haven’t supplemented your workout routine with healthy foods, you’re not maximizing your opportunity to shape up, lose weight, and walk in great wellness. Remember that health is a synergistic entity that results from both the food we eat and the physical activity we engage in.
3. You’re Not Counting Calories.
In discussing how calorie counting affects weight loss, MayoClinic notes that “Despite all the diet strategies out there, weight management still comes down to the calories you take in versus those you burn off.” This is correct. However, many health experts say that counting calories can be bad. And although I think calorie counting is important, I agree with this assessment. Constantly counting calories can be obsessive, boring, and detract from an individual’s desire to commit to a fitness program. Nevertheless, counting calories can be very important and advantageous for some people. Why? Because many people do not have the food consciousness necessary to know how many calories are in the foods they’re eating. This can result in unknowingly overeating, a practice which will prevent you from seeing the results you want in your exercise program. Whether you’re trying to tone up, lose weight, or simply be healthy, consuming too many calories will sabotage your efforts. To gain an idea of what you’re eating each day, try going on www.cronometer.com. I love this website because in addition to telling you how many calories you’re consuming, it will also inform you of the nutritional benefits your food is providing.
While deciding to start working out consistently is one of the best things you can do for your body, there are a variety of actions (or non-actions) that can preclude you from seeing the results you want. In examining the factors which can sabotage your workout that I have listed below, you can strengthen the efficacy of your exercise program and thereby begin leading a more productive, positive life. Good luck!
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