Why people fail at fitness

March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Going to the gym is a chore for the average person.  Eating a clean, healthy diet is always going to be a hassle  and unpleasant to most people.   Feeling this way happens sometimes to everyone, but if an individual feels this way most of the time, long term change is unlikely.

 

So why do some people eagerly start a new fitness routine only to abandoned these new behaviors shortly after?

In the authors opinion, a lack of desire and formation of new behavior change into habits is the culprit.

Successful results evolve from habits.  Once something becomes a habit, positive changes will begin and continue.

Forming habits can be a process however.  Even something as simple as eating a piece of fruit everyday requires at least two months of daily behavior change. http://www.spring.org.uk/2009/09/how-long-to-form-a-habit.php

So how do we overcome this initial hump? Probably the most important aspect is desire.  If the desire and motivation to change is strong enough this should override the burden of making these new sacrifices.

One must feel strongly about these new habits because time and effort will be drawn to this new process.  Certainly there must be a trade off or sacrifice being made.

The most successful people in a given industry are the ones who have made incredible sacrifices and display passion for their work.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice.” Napoleon Hill

Desire —–> change—–> habit/sacrifice = Continued long term results.

(Demotivational pic from http://bit.ly/hyfxDO)

 

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