Are you struggling to figure out how to be motivated to lose weight? Here are 5 common barriers stopping you from achieving the body of your dreams. Read on to learn how to smash through them.
Barrier # 1 – Not Enough Time to Train
We all live a fast paced lifestyle and there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Exercise is usually one of the first things to get skipped when your day, week or month is too busy.
Re-organize your commitments and start to schedule your training as you would a business meeting. Once it’s scheduled, make it a priority.
Depending on your fitness goals all you need is 45 minutes about 3-5 times per week. I’m sure we can all find a spare 45 minutes in our day, get up 45 minutes earlier, go during your lunch hour or train from home to save on time traveling to and from the gym.
Barrier # 2 – Lack of Money
Most of us don’t have handfuls of money to throw around. When prioritizing expenses a gym membership can be considered a luxury, so it is usually the first to go when things get tight.
Join a lower cost community gym like a YMCA or PCYC. The price difference between a mainstream commercial gym and one of the lower priced options is huge.
It might not be as glamorous, shiny and new, but hell, exercises is exercise, does it really matter? An even cheaper option is to set up a small gym at home. For advice on how to set up a home gym click here.
Barrier # 3 – Sore Body
Your body feels sore and your muscles are tight. A little bit of soreness is a sign of a good workout. If you are suffering from a lot of soreness, be careful as it could lead to injury.
Take a look at our workout and re-assess your training volume or rest periods between sets and also between workouts.
Be mindful not to over train! Over training will slow down your progress, make you fatigued and WILL lead to you losing motivation!
Barrier # 4 – Boredom
Your bored with your current routine. Doing the same thing over and over again, no matter how much you like it to start with, WILL eventually become tedious. Make sure you vary your weight training program every 6-8 weeks.
Also look at mixing up your cardio, change machines, get outside, train in a group or look at trying something totally different. For some great ideas on how to change up your training check out my Weekly Doses.
Barrier # 5 – Lack of Energy
First things first, check with a doctor to make sure there are no underlying health issues. If given the all clear by the Doc, make sure you are getting enough sleep each night and eating food with plenty of nutritional value.
Then look at your training schedule, make sure you haven’t tried to take on more than your body can handle. Whilst well intended, going from being sedentary to exercising everyday is a sure fire way to burn out.
You need to build your body up to that sort of training volume by starting out with smaller steps, such as training 3 times per week. Once your body has learnt to cope with that work load, look at adding in an extra session per week.
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At the end of the day, remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing, to look better, feel healthier and to live longer. Hopefully you now have some more ideas on how to be motivated to lose weight Remember there is no such thing as a good eXcuse.
If you need help with any of your training goals or struggling for motivation? Make sure you message me or drop a comment below. I am only too happy to help.