Where Does Your Exercise Program Sit With Your Priorities?

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One thing us humans are good at is saying one thing while doing another. Never is this more apparent than when it comes to fitness and exercise. Think of how many times you have heard someone say (or heard yourself say), “I really need to lose some weight…I should start exercising.”

But you may say if that person really wanted to lose weight, wouldn’t they be doing everything they could to make it happen, including exercising? If that sounds familiar, what happens between what you say you want and what you actually do comes down to your priorities.

One of the many reasons many of us talk the talk without walking the walk is unrealistic expectations. When you expect one thing and get something entirely different it is natural to wonder why you bother at all. There are few things in life that we have such a distorted view of what it should be doing for us than fitness and exercise.
We misguidedly expect:

• To lose weight quickly – many people expect to see results after just a few weeks of exercise, even though that isn’t realistic for most of us.

• Exercise to be temporary – we think we can exercise for a few weeks or months, quit and that is all we need to do to get permanent results.

• Exercise to change our bodies the way we want – we still think that doing certain exercises will reduce problem areas.

• To see results on our timetable, not our bodies – fitness and weight loss involves many factors, some beyond our control and you need to accept your body responds in its own time.

• To be motivated every day – you won’t always feel like exercising…it’s up to you to keep yourself motivated using whatever tools, goals and resources you can get your hands on.

• Exercise to be easy – changing your body takes hard work on a consistent basis forcing your body to work harder than normal so it can adapt by becoming stronger and slimmer. Low-intensity workouts are not effective for fat loss.

Being unrealistic about what to expect from exercise is just one way we sabotage ourselves, sending exercise down to the bottom of our to-do lists. You can change that by setting realistic goals and taking action to make exercise more important for you.

If you have been putting it off for ages, there is no better time than right now to bite the bullet and get started on your journey.

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