One of the main reasons why we see so many people plateau, get hurt, or burn out when they start a fitness routine is because of their focus on the short term. When you put yourself on a restricted timetable instead of a constant quest of bettering yourself, you start to make some concessions that you normally wouldn’t if that pressure wasn’t there in the first place.
Things like extreme diets, detoxes, cleanses, insane workout routines, and non-research based supplementation programs that are so clearly detrimental to one’s health become strangely rationalized when they cause some changes on the scale. Everything I just mentioned are really just clever marketing ploys designed to target customers with the notion that their product is the magic pill.
The reason why the marketing works is because these magic pills work – at least for about 3-6 months. What happens then? People start to plateau and suddenly those extremely restricted diets become even more restricted, and their crazy workout routines get even longer and more intense, and their temporary meal replacement shake program becomes a permanent diet. They see renewed results for a little while longer and then their body starts to reject these things because it’s just not healthy.
Your body’s survival mechanism kicks on and suddenly you retain weight and you become more lethargic and you just feel worse, because your brain is desperately trying to stop you from placing additional stressors upon it. At this point, people usually burn out because things get so unsustainable, or get hurt because they try to push past their body’s warning signals.
While it’s not as “sexy”, we implore you to take a longer term approach to your health and fitness. Take things slow and try to enjoy the process of bettering yourself as opposed to being attached to a number on a scale. Incorporate healthy foods into your diet, emphasize more physical activity and movement into your everyday life, and try to do things on a daily basis that help you manage your stress levels. It also helps to have a coach or workout partner if you need some more guidance and accountability.
So, next time you’re at the gym, focus on the quality of how you do things and not just the quantity or speed of the exercises. Taking a long term approach to the way you move requires mindfulness – treat your workouts like “practice” sessions and you’ll find yourself much less vulnerable to injury and also have a much better foundation from which to produce long lasting, sustainable results.
We promise that you’ll not only look better, but feel better as well!
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