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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fitness Deterrents

Obstacles, Barriers, Excuses, etc.
Whatever you want to call them, there are many factors that can derail your fitness plans. All that hard work and effort can be compromised if you aren't prepared for these deterrents.

The best way to address these obstacles is head on with a solid strategy. First of all, the most important thing to remember is that obstacles are a part of reality. Life is full of surprises and a smart, fit individual must be prepared for such surprises. You've got to find what works for you, but if you aren't sure where to start or how to create a strategy; here are a few examples.

- Nothing but fast-food chains or fried food around?

Strategy: Try to skim the menu/food available for the most healthy options. (grilled, boiled etc) Carry healthy snacks with you when you travel. (Pack your preferred nutrition bar)

- No one supporting you? No one wants to go to the gym with you or your friends are always opting for the drive-through over healthy meals?

Strategy: Try to find activities that you and your family/friends can do together that promote healthy lifestyles (going for a walk, taking the stairs etc). Reach out to other individuals who share similar fitness endeavors (Check local community clubs, coworkers, or even me!).

- You've been working so hard and diligently to achieve your goals you haven't had time for a break

Strategy: Rest can actually help and heal the body. A challenging routine is most beneficial when time is set aside for rest and relaxation. This allows the body to repair itself and improve in addition to clearing your mind.

- You've been working so hard and diligently, but your cheat meal turned into a cheat day which turned into a cheat week.

Strategy: Downfalls are inevitable in life and they shouldn't be taken too seriously. Understand that there was a slip-up but acknowledge it, make a plan to address it and move on. (Ate two piece of cake? Make it up by doing an extra cardio/strength training session)

- You've been working so hard and diligently, but your work isn't paying off. The numbers on the scale haven't budged and you're frustrated.

Strategy: Don't get flustered if you aren't getting the results you want. All bodies react differently to fitness. Be sure to vary your workouts to keep your body guessing and avoid plateaus in your fitness levels.

- You've got hundreds of emails, mail to read, a really great TV show and a long commute home. How can you make time for all your tasks and fitness?

Strategy: Don't get bogged down by your to-do list. Plan fitness around your tasks. Have a laptop/Blackberry? Prop it up and check your emails while on the treadmill/elliptical etc. Watching a TV show? Do light calisthenics during commercials.

Obstacles, Barriers, Excuses, etc.
Whatever you want to call them, there are many factors that can derail your fitness plans. However, having the right attitude and strategy can make these obstacles seem insignificant.

Understanding fitness is a constant process that you have to stay focused on every day is the first step in achieving your fitness goals successfully.

Good Luck!

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