The whole idea of exercising is tiring just as thought is tiring on its own, when you decide to go through the actual exercise, quitting midway is very much understandable and there are no judgments whatsoever.
Here are a few reasons why you might want to quit exercising when you have not even started;
- Life starts happening to you: Life can be rude when it wants to happen to you and she does not take permission. You want to work out in the morning and you mistakenly stumble on a mail regarding a task that should have been handled the night before, which you missed out on because you got busy or something. You are torn in between handling that task or working out.. At this point, exhaustion seeps in like a small demon and you find yourself handling tasks that could have well been shifted to another time in the day, and giving up a chance at getting fit. this point, life has happened to you. And life happens in more annoying ways, this is probably one of the least annoying ways it does happen. So the excuse at this point is that “there is no time” and while this is a very valid excuse, it is still what it is, an excuse.
- You have no accountability partner and you do not hold yourself accountable either: We all need someone who can hold us accountable for our actions sometimes. You have no one asking you if you did that squat or sit-up today, it is easy to just look at it and ignore it. again, when you do not hold yourself accountable because you have gotten to that point where you think there are no consequences attached to not working out.
You look at yourself in the mirror and then you tell yourself that you look good, of course, you do, but you also need to keep fit, and that is something you are depriving yourself of. Your excuse at this point usually would be that “You do not answer to anyone, and you are okay with how you look”, amazingly valid excuse this is, only that it is what it is, an excuse.
The urge to quit is stronger when you want to see the results if your exercise is quick enough and for some reason, it is not showing itself, it can get frustrating.
Here are two things you just realise when you want to start exercising; first, it takes time for the effects of your exercise to show on your body, so you will need all the patience in the world.
Second, you will need to be your cheerleader cum motivator if you intend to get anything done.
Once you have gotten the patience and motivation part figured out, it will be a lot easier to stay off the quitting lane.
Another thing is you need to constantly keep in mind why you started, and what you hope to achieve, also remember that you are curvy and perfect and that you are not trying to change that, rather you are making efforts to become the best version of yourself.
You must remember this because if you are trying to change how you look completely, instead of maintaining all that curvy goodness while staying fit, you might get disappointed along the line when this does not happen, thus pushing you to quit, which is very well what we are trying to avoid. So you have to start by completely re-evaluating these goals.
Now, how do you deal with these issues and go on to exercising without quitting?
1. Tell yourself that the excuses are just excuses: convince yourself first that you are just making a list of excuses that could easily be debunked. See, excuses are like a hurdle you will have to cross if you need anything done in this life. In this case, what you need to do is keep fit, and what you must-do if you need to keep fit is exercise. So you need to get rid of all the excuses because if even one comes up in the process of your exercising, you will quit.
2. Pain really is gain: You will feel some hurt at the beginning of your exercising, it is at this point that most people usually quit because they cannot stand the pain. But, this pain is your body adjusting itself to the new changes, changes that will begin to show eventually and will be ultimately good for you. This pain, in this case, is a lot of gains. Once you can see the gain beyond the gain, it will be a lot less hard to give up.
3. Avoid the scale: if you keep going to scale after every workout session you will end up de-motivating yourself. This is because you will most certainly always get the same result for at least one week. In this one week, your resilience is tested the most, you are tried the most and you can give up because you are not seeing changes. Give it a month or two, and you can eventually visit the scale, you are bound to see a result you like at this point. Give it time and stay away from the scale, for as long as you can.
4. Start small and make it fun: You do not need to go all intensive with your workout at the very beginning, you can start small, and slowly work up to the complicated ones. You can also decide to make it fund for yourself, fun workouts are easier to look forward to. You will find yourself looking forward to workout time when it is fun.
When you exercise, you are doing yourself a favour, you are making those curves more pronounced and you are bringing forward all that sexiness that is you. Start, do not quit, be your motivation, and get that body you deserve. You can do it!
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