Tips for Getting Over Your Exercise Frustrations

Posted on - in Health Inspiration
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Having a worthwhile workout at the gym requires good physical and mental health. However, you can easily start feeling down if you’ve hit a plateau in your progress. Maybe you’re fed up that you can’t lift as many pounds you would like, or you’re struggling to make the scale show the number you want.

These kinds of challenges are natural, but it can be tough to not let them dampen your spirits. Keep reading to get some tips about how to stay uplifted even when fitness is one of your main frustrations.

Be Patient

Getting and staying fit are processes, not races. If you haven’t noticed the kind of progress you’re expecting, maybe you haven’t let enough time pass yet. Think about getting some sound advice from an expert, such as a fitness instructor.

He or she can give you some perspective about how long it usually takes to see the kind of changes you desire. If you are indeed in the scenario where an adequate amount of time has passed, but you haven’t hit your goal, your fitness trainer should be able to offer insight about helpful changes to make.

Be Persistent

Many people become so adversely affected by their fitness frustrations that they end up giving up too soon. Before you feel tempted to do that, do some research to find out whether it is common for people to meet resistance when they are striving toward the same sort of fitness goal that you have. Staying committed when you lack motivation is tough, but commitment is often the necessary ingredient to getting over perceived pitfalls and problems with your fitness regimen.

Exercise With a Friend

Perhaps a companion is all you need to make you feel more excited about your workouts. It can often be very comforting to know that someone is right beside you, similarly sweating it out. Even if that person is trying to achieve a different fitness objective than you are, just the fact that someone else is working alongside you can be enough to make you feel fired up. In some cases, that individual may have some personal tips on how to get over whatever it is that making you feel less than thrilled about being at the gym.

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Mix It Up

One of the reasons why you may be getting less than you’d hoped from your workouts might be because they are too homogenous. If you are in desperate need of variety, or even suspect you might be, try mixing things up for at least a month and see if you feel re-energized as a result. If you need some hints about new types of exercises to do or things to try, consider using a fitness app or even reading a magazine to get ideas for ways to stay active that are anything but stale.

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself

If you are the type of person who usually loves going to the gym but now finds it’s a drain on your self-esteem, it may start to seem like you’re doing something wrong. However, the more you get caught up in the idea that you’re somehow at fault for why the gym is frustrating you, the more likely it is that you will be unnecessarily hard on yourself.

Always aim to stay focused at the gym and remember the positives instead of falling into the trap that you are to blame for your fitness woes. Sometimes, the first step in making improvements is recognizing that you’re doing everything within your realm of control to try and push yourself over the slump.

Being realistic is very valuable, because it will help prevent you from making goals that will almost certainly make you feel discouraged instead of empowered.

Hopefully you now feel more able to remain upbeat throughout any momentary declines in your attitude about the gym. No matter what, keep in mind that even seasoned Olympic athletes get disheartened about how they are progressing. The key is figuring out how to move past the obstacles you face in a way that gets you back on track physically, while also getting your head back in the game.

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  1. Guilherme

    I’d really think that patience is key, most people leave after 3 months.
    For me, the most helpful practice is to have 1 fix and calm day when I go exercise almost no matter what (90% consistency).

    For me that’s Monday over lunch.
    The point is it starts a new cycle (training week) in the best and most low stress situation possible which provides confidence and momentum for the rest of the week (I also notice that I usually work-out less when I don’t make it on monday and the quality of my trainings suffer)

    5 years ago
    • Kayla Matthews

      That’s a really great tip! I have a somewhat similar relationship with my long, weekend runs. If I miss a long run on Sunday, I’m way less likely to go running throughout the week.

      I really love the idea of starting the new training week in a low-stress situation; I think that could do a lot to boost how people approach working out and what it means to be healthy in general (keeping your stress low is part of it too, after all!).

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!


      5 years ago

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