5 Ways On How To Get Back On Track to Fitness

 You are wondering how to get back on track to fitness, and achieve that great vision you once had for yourself. Here is where you may have gone wrong, and a solution to your problem.

1. Taking On Too Much At Once

So you are all hyped up and ready to get back in shape, right? You start your workout routine by sticking strictly to the schedule, tracking every calorie you eat, measuring protein intake, etc.

[pullquote align=”right” color=”#ffb021″ size=”22″]”Instead of hitting the ground running, try walking. Do this by setting a small, realistic goal/change that you can achieve.”[/pullquote]

The problem here is that you are changing your life far too drastically and quickly. By making these life altering habits, the goals you set for yourself will be harder and harder to achieve. Basically, you tried to reprogram your body too quickly. If you think of how to get back on track to fitness, the safer path is to avoid too much too soon.

When watching any type of Youtube workout  video or fitness trainer, you can see their results and the intense schedules they set for themselves. However, they have been doing this for quite some time. They started where you are now, and built up this lifestyle. That is how you need to approach you workouts at an early stage.

Solution 1

Instead of hitting the ground running, try walking. Do this by setting a small, realistic goal/change that you can achieve. For example, one goal might be to workout 3 times in a week if you were previously inactive. Maybe you decide to start making your own meals a couple days a week until you can do it every day. These are just some examples to go by. They may be small adjustments, but if you keep it up over time, you will see improvements and also stick with these changes in the long-term.


 

2. You Didn’t Realize The Effort Required

Beginners to the workout scene will undoubtedly be ready for workouts, the rest is where it gets tough. You may feel that because you showed up to workout that you are done for the day. However, if you are really into this for the long run, you have to look at your nutrition plan and cook meals. If you are someone who works out and just opens the first bag of Doritos you see, you may get frustrated with your results.

[pullquote align=”left” color=”#ffb021″  size=”22″]”If you can cut down on the time it takes to make all of your meals as well as be ready with your workout routine each week, you can save a lot of time and stress.”[/pullquote]

Also, if you are someone that goes to a gym, and it requires you to drive or possibly walk, this can eventually stop you from going. Traveling to a gym stops many people from even stepping foot inside a gym they pay for. This requirement is one that many people fall through with in the end. You need to understand what it takes to get in shape, and how to get back on track to fitness.

Solution 2

Cook meals and prepare for the week ahead. If you can cut down on the time it takes to make all of your meals as well as be ready with your workout routine each week, you can save a lot of time and stress. If you can cook one day and make it last one or two more days, you are doing it right. Also make it fun! You don’t need to only cook oatmeal, eggs, and chicken 24/7, you can look into great smaller meals instead and add some variety.

If you do not want to travel to your gym, cut the membership and workout from home. I currently only workout from home, and I have seen great results. It requires dedication and removal from distractions, but it is an easy way to save money, and time.


 

3. You Saw A Glorious Lifestyle, But Now You Are Bored

A lot of the time, you may see fitness professionals and envision yourself with their lifestyle. However, when it comes down to it, they also had to go through months and months of training, cooking, sleeping, and recovering before they achieved their results.

[pullquote align=”full”  color=”#ffb021″ size=”22″]”When you start to get bored and feel like it is all a grind, you can refer back to your goals for motivation.”[/pullquote]

I also like to refer to one of the scenes from the movie Team America. If you have ever seen this movie (don’t watch with your children) there is a montage section, with a nice song to go along with it. However, this 30 second montage takes the protagonist from a beginner to a pro…this might be what you think will happen to you, but it takes months and months to actually get to the performance you want to achieve, not a mere 30 seconds. So how to get back on track to fitness if this starts to happen to you?

3. Solution

In order to get to the glorious lifestyle you see in yourself, write down your goals and reach them. When you start to get bored and feel like it is all a grind, you can refer back to your goals for motivation. By writing down your goals, you can once again visualize where you want to be, and overcome potential roadblocks along the way.


 

4. How to Avoid Paralysis By Analysis

Everyone has had this happen to them at some point. You research and research and you think you know everything that you need to know to succeed. Then you get to the gym, and learn contradictory things that people did to get results that go against what you learned.
Now you don’t know what works and what doesn’t and it stops you wanting to workout altogether.

[pullquote align=”full” color=”#ffb021″ size=”22″]”Just make sure you follow your plan, stick to healthy eating habits, and you will see your results.”[/pullquote]

4. Solution

Instead of getting all stressed out, go with the original program you started with. Make sure the program is manageable for you to do. Yes, there are different diet plans, nutrition plans, etc. and in most cases they all work. However, if you think only one method is the right one, you may get stressed out. Just make sure you follow your plan,  and stick to healthy eating habits. The results will follow.

I suggest a professional help guide to get you in the right direction and setup a solid plan to move forward with. Even if this plan is not perfect, you will get better results by actually following a plan instead of the latest and greatest “cutting-edge” methods (which tend to not work for the most part).


 

5. You Didn’t Want It Bad Enough

So you have gone out, got a program, some awesome home workout equipment, and even some workout clothing. Now after 2 weeks you feel sore, food doesn’t taste great, you are missing time with your friends, and you just aren’t having fun. Because of this, you quit.
What do you do now moving forward?

[pullquote align=”full” color=”#ffb021″ size=”22″]”Learning how to get back on track to fitness means that you need to understand if you want it bad enough.”[/pullquote]

5. Solution

Learning how to get back on track to fitness means that you need to understand if you want it bad enough. Making big changes like this in your life is difficult, and requires sacrifices. You may see all of these programs and diets saying how “easy” and “fast” the results are, but they are much harder than you think. I see this happen the most at the beginning of the year.

People make these great resolutions on getting fit. This is also where you see gym memberships jump. However, these resolutions fall flat because those individuals just didn’t want it bad enough. Before you go out and buy all the new gear for your new look, make sure you are ready to make these sacrifices in your life to get the great results you want.


 

Conclusion

In this motivation article on how to get back on track to fitness, we went over the 5 following steps you can take for getting back to those workouts. These include:

  • Taking On Too Much At Once
  • You Didn’t Realize The Effort Required
  • You Saw A Glorious Lifestyle, But Now You Are Bored
  • How to Avoid Paralysis By Analysis
  • You Didn’t Want It Bad Enough

I hope that you find inspiration in these reasons as to why you have stopped working out, and that it leads you on learning how to get back on the track to fitness. If you have any questions or concerns on how to get back on the right track, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

  • Hello Darrik,
    Thank you for sharing these insights. I agree that we all have preconceived notions of what we should look like, in this amount of time and normally they are not realistic. In turn, we get discouraged and simply stop trying. These problems and solutions you offer make it simple to work through, and breaking it down into manageable steps that will help me remain consistent.

    • Yes, the “instant gratification” of today is what has made us quitters of tomorrow. Sometimes patience is the key to getting results. Just stick with your given program until completion before deciding if it really is as bad as you thought it was when starting.

  • Yep. The first one “taking on too much” I see all the time. People get overwhelmed and quit

    • Agreed. People love to think they can do so much so fast, and get disappointed when the results don’t come a week later…

  • Oh wow! I have seen these things when some of my friends are dieting and now I can help them. Your break down of thing is great.

    • Instead of dieting I always say look at it as nutrition. You should understand what nutrition is necessary for your body and also try to stay in shape. Dieting is really only losing weight, so I don’t really like that term.

  • Yes!!! Need to make my own meals. I’ve been eating out too much and am so lazy to do some fitness. I sometimes do it though but just not enough motivation.
    Great post!

    • It’s tough. I use to eat out all the time, but I have recently started making my own meals. You do feel better, and I am tracking my results to see if there is a big difference. I have also really come to prefer water over all other drinks.

  • Hi Darrik,

    Healthy eating habits, that’s all you need. And a little bit of exercise! Great counselling! surely will follow them. Nice job, keep on doing it!