5 Things To Avoid To Reach Your Fitness Goals

We all want to be the best versions of ourselves, but sometimes our dreams are not as realistic as they need to be to move us forward. If you’re like most people looking to get “shredded,” there is a good possibility that you won’t be any closer to that goal a year from now.

Rather than waste a bunch of time, money, and energy failing again learn from these 5 reasons why you will fail at your fitness goals (and how to avoid them).

Reason #1: Your Time Frame Is Too Limited
Having short-term goals is great, but if you’re basing your success or failure on a difficult-to-achieve result, chances are that your 30-day goal is unrealistic. The National Institute of Health stated that losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is the safest and most sustainable way to lose weight. This means that your goal to lose 20 pounds this month should probably be more like 5 pounds.

In terms of muscle gain, your goal to put on “10 pounds of mass in 1 month” is going to be impossible to attain. There are some big arguments about the body’s ability to quickly put on mass, but I like to refer to a top sports nutritionist named Dr. Michael Colgan PH.D. from the Colgan Institute of Nutritional Sciences regarding the matter.

He stated that the MOST muscle gained in a year that he had EVER SEEN was 18 pounds. Considering that he’s a doctor and works with professional athletes, chances are that you will not exceed this number, even if you do everything perfectly.

Rather than make a crazy goal, opt for something more realistic and plan on adjusting it accordingly as you go. Or better yet, plan your objectives around your physical performance rather than a weight number.

Reason #2: You Have No Idea How Difficult Your Goal Is
There is a time and place to shoot for the moon, and that time and place is NOT when you are getting into shape for the first time in your life. As stated in reason #1, your goal may be completely impossible to attain, but to take it a step further, consider that your modest goals may even be extremely difficult to achieve. If you want to achieve an impressive goal over the long run, you need to wade into it and learn what it takes to achieve the changes you desire.

Reason #3: You Don’t Have the Necessary Skills & Experience
Fitness is a skill. You must accept that if you want to progress to higher and higher levels of physical proficiency. Skills in fitness include lifting and movement techniques, strength/endurance/agility levels, personal nutrition, and overall discipline and efficiency in everything related to the aspects of your life that impact your physical well-being (there’s a lot of mental considerations too, but we’ll keep it simple for now).

Chances are that you don’t consider fitness a skill, but think about this: even though many people drive a car every day, how many of those people are expert drivers after years or decades of driving? How many of them are just as bad at driving today as the day they got their license? Most people suck at driving no matter how long they’ve been behind the wheel! The same thing goes for fitness. If you are simply “moving” for 30-60 minutes a day without any intention to develop skill, you’re always going to be at the same level.

Reason #4: Your Goal Doesn’t Fit Your Lifestyle
I have a business, a wife, and two toddlers at home, and therefore my time for exercise is extremely limited. If I made a goal to “put on 10-pounds of muscle in 3 months” knowing that I only have a maximum of 20 minutes a day to workout, that wouldn’t be realistic.

If instead, my goal was to “fit in 20 minutes of training a day NO MATTER WHAT” that is something that I can easily ensure, and that could eventually lead to muscle gain. When making your goal, make sure you consider exactly what it will take to achieve, and adjust if necessary.

Reason #5: You Don’t Have What It Takes (Yet)
Sorry, the fact of the matter is that you may not have what it takes to achieve your fitness goals at this moment. The good news is that understanding that fact will lead you to achieve them sometime in the future. You will learn “what it takes” with time and experience.

For example, when you are first dieting, you may struggle with hunger pains, temptation, and overall consistency. With time (and maybe a few false starts) you will come to recognize your weaknesses and how to deal with them, leading to eventual success.

Consider all of these factors next time you set a fitness goal and get ready to achieve your goals in the future.

Yours in Health,
Mark De Grasse