6 Ways To Push Through Fitness Setbacks
Hard trials are sometimes necessary to establish truth within ourselves. We’ve all heard the common saying that when life gives you lemons, it is up to you to make lemonade. This piece of wisdom could be applied to us when we are in full pursuit of going after our fitness goals. While it might seem easy to go after a weight loss goal or increase our strength, there are definitely going to be times where we are going to be challenged with setbacks, plateaus and other obstacles that make our efforts seem pointless.
However, during trying times, it is important to understand that obstacles and setbacks make us stronger, not weaker. If you can learn how to change your perspective on setbacks, you can master anything you put your mind to, especially accomplishing your fitness goals. Here are six proven ways to push through your fitness setbacks.
1. Assess your current situation. Are your goals realistic?
First and foremost, let’s investigate where you are currently at. What exactly are your goals and how far along have you come. This is important to understand because sometimes we as human beings have a tendency to set very unrealistic goals and push our bodies to extremes that it shouldn’t go.
Before you begin to mentally beat yourself up on not accomplishing your fitness goals, we need to know whether or not if where you are at is pretty darn good or could still leave room for improvement. Here’s an example to give you better clarity. If you are looking to lose 15 pounds but you weigh 120 pounds, you might want to reevaluate whether or not your goal not only realistic, but even healthy. At a body weight that low, losing an additional 15 pounds might pose to be quite dangerous. However, if you weigh 300 pounds and are struggling to lose 15, then we are talking a completely different scenario.
Knowing where you are at in the moment will give you better understanding where you need to go.
2. Count, Count, Count.
One of the biggest reasons why most people end up plateauing or have reached a setback in accomplishing their fitness and weight loss goals is because they have lost discipline in measuring not only their food intake but even tracking their progress in the gym.
Getting into the best shape of your life is a very cumbersome, methodical process that requires that measure and track everything you put into your body and everything you do to your body. If you are looking to lose weight, you need to be ensuring that you are in a constant caloric deficit. If you are looking to gain strength or muscle size, you should be monitoring and tracking your progress on certain lifts.
3. Stop comparing yourself to others
You should be striving to become the best version of yourself. While it is admirable to use role models for inspiration, you have to realize that at the end of the day, you are who you are. No one can be you and you can’t be anyone else.
This is your own personal journey and it’s a journey where you are going to face obstacles from time to time to learn valuable lessons about yourself. Stop comparing your progress and even your setbacks to others. You only further stress yourself out and make yourself feel like you haven’t accomplished anything.
4. Seek guidance from the experts
Ok, so you think you have a pretty good grasp on a particular diet or exercise program, yet you are still experiencing some level of plateau. Maybe it’s time to gain some outside consultation from experts. While hiring a personal trainer or a nutritionist might seem like a waste of money given the plethora of information that’s on the internet, going outside for help might give you a different perspective of what you are doing.
A personal trainer might be able to help you customize your workout plan a little bit more to push your body to a different level. A nutritionist might recommend other dieting options to help you lose additional inches. Regardless, going to outside help might prove beneficial since you would be seeking the advice of a professional who works with hundreds, if not thousands of people. They have seen your issues over and over again and would be able to offer advice that you otherwise would have not thought of before.
5. Get Rest
Sleep is a vital aspect of recover and managing stress. One reason that many have issues accomplishing their fitness goals is because they have deprived themselves of vital rest and recovery. Study after study has shown that individuals should get at least eight to ten hours of sleep a night. If you are having issues sleeping, you should look into what might be causing you sleep issues at night.
Stop watching television two hours before you sleep. Also, make sure you are using the right blankets and comforters to keep you comfortable at night. You should look into getting a custom blanket that matches your level of comfort.
6. Keep trying, Don’t give up.
Lastly, but most importantly, change won’t happen overnight. Stay motivated and stay inspired to keep pushing after your fitness goals. While it might at times seem like your hard work and effort isn’t paying off, it is important to keep faith in the process. Sometimes the changes you will see in your body won’t necessarily manifest overnight. It could take weeks, even months before you start to see real visible changes.
Fitness setbacks are bound to happen. Learn how to embrace them and learn from them. It is very easy to give into the temptation of giving up, but as stated before, change doesn’t happen overnight. Learn from your mistakes, gain new knowledge and be willing to experiment with different things in order to get yourself back onto the path of accomplishing your fitness goals.
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