So why do so many people stop so close to the beginning? Here are a couple of thoughts…
The general approach will never outsmart an individual approach!
Going from doing absolutely nothing to doing any kind of regular exercise will initially create some sort of positive response but it will always be limited at best. For long-term results you need a tailored approach instead of trying to copy what someone else is doing.
There are potentially billions of different exercise programmes because we are all individually unique and require different kinds of exercise. An exercise programme should be designed for YOU to get you from A to B in the quickest and safest way possible that suits your level of fitness and lifestyle. Workouts in magazines and generic programme cards in gyms are unrealistic for most people and should be avoided at all cost because there is no such thing as a one size fits all.
Staying motivated is connected to following the right kind of exercise programme that suits your goal and will yield the best return. When we see results it spurs us on and keeps us interested.
Some people make the mistake of doing more when they don’t see the results they want instead of making the most of the time they already spend. It’s important to focus on intensity and progression. Being dogmatic about completing a particular number of workouts each week for the sake of being loyal towards a given programme won’t benefit you if the programme isn’t right for YOU.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. There’s a saying that you should never throw good money after bad. The same applies with YOUR TIME when it comes to exercising. Don’t waste your time doing something that doesn’t work or sooner or later you will burn out and it will kill your motivation and you will want to quit altogether.