Anyone who ever has had a goal they held near and dear, knows that sometimes there are roadblocks in the way. If your goal is losing weight, building muscle, or getting fit, you might find yourself hitting a wall, too. When that happens, it’s easy to get frustrated and think about quitting, but don’t give up. It only takes one more week, one more day, or one more workout to see results. You’ll love what happens when you don’t quit.
It’s easy to get discouraged.
There are many reasons people get discouraged when working out. Plateauing is one of those reasons. If you’ve been faithful to your exercise program and healthy diet, but aren’t seeing the results you want, quitting isn’t the answer. Instead of giving up, make some changes to your workout. Plateauing can occur when you do the same routine repeatedly. Your body becomes efficient at the movements and burns fewer calories. That slows down progress or causes you to plateau.
One mistake doesn’t mean you should quit.
Whether you skipped a few gym sessions or ate a whole cake, it doesn’t mean you should quit. It means you had a setback. Start fresh the next day. Backsliding once doesn’t define you. When you were a toddler, you fell multiple times but got right back up and walked. It took many tries before you could walk for a while without falling. When you finally did, you kept on going. You walked and then ran with ease. Toddlers don’t give up and neither should you.
Don’t expect weight loss to be a straight line.
Weight loss doesn’t occur in a straight line. Some weeks you’ll lose more than your goal and other weeks less. It’s a bumpy line downward with some disappointments along the way. If you’re ready to quit because you gained a pound, even though you did everything right, don’t. Next week you’ll probably lose more than your desired goal. It’s all about progress over the long haul.
- Using pounds as the only measurement of success can be deceiving. Sometimes, you’re gaining muscle. Muscle tissue weighs more per cubic inch than fat does, so your measurements will be smaller.
- You’ll be amazed at all the other benefits you get from a fitness program besides endurance and weight loss. You’ll feel amazing, too. A workout can eliminate stress and boost your mood.
- You’ll notice you look and feel years younger when you don’t quit. Exercise brings relief to back aches and joint pain. Your posture will improve to help relieve headaches.
- Your mood will improve when you don’t give up. Exercise increases endorphins that make you feel good. You’ll sleep better at night, which also is a mood booster. Sticking with the program can change your whole life.
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