The Science Behind Why You Aren’t Regular With Your Workouts

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Have you ever started exercising with a lot of excitement, hoping to keep at it regularly, but then lost interest? This happens to a lot of us.

We begin with big plans, but keeping up with exercise soon becomes hard. Why does this happen, and what can we do about it?

Let’s look into why it’s tough to stick with exercising and find some easy ways to help us keep going.

1. Time Constraints and Erratic Schedules

One of the biggest reasons people struggle with workout consistency is the challenge of fitting exercise into busy schedules.

The assumption that workouts are most effective in the morning adds to the difficulty, especially when mornings are rushed.

However, exercise is beneficial any time of the day.

What can you do?

Creating a flexible schedule that accommodates evening workouts can be a game-changer. At Fitterfly, we help members craft plans prioritizing health tasks making workouts more manageable.

2. The Challenge of Kinesiophobia

Kinesiophobia, or the fear of movement after getting hurt or having surgery, is a big reason some people find it hard to keep up with their workouts.

This fear makes them think exercise will only make their pain worse.

It’s okay to rest for the first three weeks after an injury, but not moving at all after that can actually cause more problems, like chronic pain.

This is when the brain feels pain even though the injury is healed. Sometimes, wrong advice, like not doing squats for a little knee pain or bending forward for light back pain, can make this fear even bigger.

What can you do?

After resting for about three weeks, it’s important to start moving again, but in a safe way. This is when seeing a physiotherapist can help.

They can tell you which exercises are safe and how to do them without hurting yourself. This help is key to improving and returning to your workout routine without fear of worsening pain.

3. Lack of Motivation

Keeping up with a workout routine can be hard, especially if you’re not feeling motivated. It’s easy to get caught in a cycle where missing one day makes it even harder to get moving the next day.

This becomes frustrating when daily visits to the gym are not “showing results”. Remember, real fitness changes take time and need more than just exercise – eating well and living healthy are just as important.

What Can you do?

  1. Start Simple: Start with 2-3 easy daily exercises, or break your workout into smaller, manageable segments.
  2. Make a Small Time Commitment: Even dedicating just 15 minutes to an activity each day, like a quick exercise followed by a walk, can make a big difference.
  3. Find Fun in Fitness: Let music uplift you during workouts, turning exercise into a more enjoyable experience or do it with a friend.
  4. Keep Your Gear Visible: Having your workout clothes and equipment easily seen can be a constant nudge and motivate you to keep going.

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4. Loss of Motivation Due to Depression

It’s hard to stay interested in working out or doing much at all when you’re feeling down or depressed. Depression makes it tough to find the energy or want to do your regular activities, including exercise.

It can even make you less motivated to start or keep up a workout routine.

What You Can Do

At Fitterfly, we know how much mental health can affect your fitness goals. We offer talks and support for anyone feeling low, with special programs for those dealing with depression.

These services are designed to help you find your motivation again to enjoy being active and care for your health.

5. Lack of Proper Guidance

Starting a workout routine is exciting, but interest can fade quickly without the right guidance. Exercise should match your personal needs like age and fitness level.

If it doesn’t, you might not see results and get injured, leading to lost confidence. Without proper planning, you might eventually give up on your routine.

What Can you do?

Workouts need to be personalized because not everyone can lift the same weights.

The American College of Sports Medicine compares exercise to medicine, emphasizing the right “dosage” for you, which includes the Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type of exercise, known as the FITT principle.

Using the wrong form or doing unsuitable exercises can cause injuries. That’s why it’s wise to seek advice from a professional, like a physiotherapist, to ensure your workout is tailored to your needs, keeping you safe and on track.

6. Gym Anxiety

Some people could be anxious about going to the gym for various reasons such as working out in front of others (fear of judgment), or restarting a gym routine after a gap or at a new location, especially if they have gained weight.

What Can You Do?

To ease gym anxiety, consider making a motivational playlist, planning your workout, and choosing quieter times or group classes for a more comfortable environment.

Start with familiar equipment, visualize success, wear clothes that make you feel good, learn proper exercise form, set small goals, and reflect on your progress to build confidence and make your gym experience positive.

At Fitterfly, we know what you’re going through is real, whether in your body or mind. We help by looking at everything that matters to you.

We offer support to make you feel more motivated, help you start a good workout routine, and build habits that stick. Also, our expert fitness coaches make workout plans for you, focusing on what you need to be healthy.

So, if you are trying to lose weight and facing any sort of challenge, just give us a missed call at 08046807733 to talk to one of our experts.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How to make exercise a habit?

Making exercise a habit involves starting with small, achievable goals and gradually building up your routine. Set a specific time for your workouts and stick to it, making exercise a regular part of your day. Remember, consistency is key to habit formation.

What are some effective workout motivation tips?

To boost workout motivation, set clear fitness goals, track your progress, and celebrate your achievements. Finding a workout buddy can also keep you accountable and make exercising fun. Additionally, mixing up your routine can prevent boredom and keep you challenged.

How can I find fitness motivation when I'm not up to it?

Fitness motivation can be reignited by focusing on how good you'll feel after exercising, setting small, daily exercise goals, and rewarding yourself for completing them. Listening to your favourite upbeat music or working out in a group class can also boost your motivation.

Can Fitterfly help with workout motivation and making exercise a habit?

Yes, at Fitterfly, we specialize in helping our members find their workout motivation and make exercise a habit. Our personalized exercise plans, created by expert fitness coaches, are tailored to meet your health needs and fitness level, ensuring you stay motivated and on track.

- By Fitterfly Health-Team

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