Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or new to the fitness industry, there are always bumps and obstacles along the way to achieving your fitness goals. Don’t lose hope! Obstacles are put in your way to test how hard you’re willing to work towards what you want. Here are 6 common roadblocks you may come across and how to overcome them.
1. You’re starving NOW! It’s easy to say you shouldn’t let yourself get too hungry, as that leads to uncontrollable overeating. But for most of us, planning nutritious meals throughout the day is often overlooked by our crazy schedules. The solution? Create a meal calendar and plan your weekly meals ahead of time. Sunday meal prep anyone? Bring convenient snacks like yogurt and apples to have on the go, and stock your fridge and freezer with easy to warm up nutrient dense meals for your quick post-work dinner fix.
2. It’s a holiday or a special occasion! Totally depriving yourself only leads to an eventual collapse of total willpower. So let yourself have that piece of cake and enjoy every last bite! Don’t make the mistake of foregoing your regular nutritious meals to save up calories for sweet or savoury indulgences. Instead, eating normally throughout the day and getting your regular protein, carbohydrate, and fat portions will make you less likely to overindulge. Moderation is key.
3. Gaining back the weight you’ve worked so hard to lose. First of all, don’t panic. Weight fluctuations are completely normal, especially among women. The key is to continuously make new goals for yourself to overcome future weight gain. Once you reach your fitness goal, make another goal to ensure you don’t fall back into old habits. Make sure your goals are realistic, you’re getting enough sleep, and you’re constantly switching up your workout routine to prevent muscle memory.
4. You’re starting to lack motivation. This is where training in numbers comes in. Training with like minded friends or joining fitness groups will make you accountable to someone other than yourself, ensuring you continue to show up. If you’ve lost motivation because your progress has stalled, it’s time to turn up the intensity!
5. You’re injured. It’s likely that at some point in your life you’ll experience pain or soreness that will prevent you from performing physical exercise until you’ve healed. This is where diet becomes more important than ever. Cook at home as often as possible, limiting the amount that you eat out. This will allow you to control the ingredients and portion sizes of all your meals. Use this as an opportunity to rest and give your body a break, and don’t return to the gym until you’ve gotten the ‘go ahead’ from your GP.
6. You feel like you just don’t have time. This is probably the most widely used excuse for lack of physical exercise. To combat this type of thinking, make a time management list and write down the amount of time you set aside for daily activities. If you’ve allocated time to watch your favourite tele programs, sit at the computer, or similar counterproductive activities to your physical fitness, you can work exercise into your schedule by reorganising your time commitments. Easy solutions such as waking up an hour earlier, walking instead of driving, and squeezing in short bursts of exercise per day will make a huge difference in overcoming this roadblock. Prioritise your health and wellbeing, and plan your workouts a week in advance.