Failure to Launch
Your exercise program may fail if you don’t identify your real motivation for wanting to exercise.
This failure can include an un-used gym membership, or abandoned home exercise equipment.
Approximately “80 percent of home exercise equipment is not used after the first year,” according to The Market for Physical Fitness Equipment.Tweet
Not only are people not using their own gym equipment, they are not even exercising at all.
“Only “37% of adults report they are not physically active.” (President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports).
In fact, according the council, “only 3 in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity.”
Why Your Exercise Program Failed
Why is that?
You have not discovered your real reason for wanting to exercise.
Your real motivation for wanting to exercise may not be a reason that you speak out loud. You may not even know your real reason until you explore the right questions.
The exercise program that fulfills your real reason to lose weight. After working as a membership advisor at a local gym for a couple of years, I learned about poeple’s true motivations and reasons for selecting an exercise program. https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10812033/procuring-exercise-equipment-online-for-home-gym
I also learned that people are sometimes reluctant to state their real reasons and motivations to someone else, and even to themselves. The reasons may not be as noble as we would like. They may speak to vanity and people feel guilty about that, which gets in their way of a successful exercise program.
The Masked Reasons
The most common reason people initially give for wanting to start an exercise routine is that they want to either:
“to lose weight” or
“to get in better shape.”
These are the not the actual reasons for starting an exercise routine. These are the desired results you will enjoy with a successful exercise program.
The real reasons, which are what sells memberships, and what keeps you true to your workout, is the why of why you want to lose weight or get in better shape. https://betterlesson.com/community/lesson/720620/different-types-of-ntaifitness-gym-equipment-you-should-know
Discovering Your True Motivations for Starting an Exercise Program
As a membership advisor part of my job was to discover each potential member’s “why.” By knowing the “why” I was armed with their own rationale for wanting to start an exercise program, and therefore they would have no excuse to not join.
So how can this help you find and stick with an exercise program that will work for you? You can use the same techniques to discover your true motivation for wanting to start exercising, or re-start your workouts.
You may think you know why, it may seem obvious. But have you really sat down and thought about what motivates you to get up and move? You may need to do this verbal exercise with someone else. Actually verbalizing your desires and hearing them out loud is one way to **get to the heart of your true reasons for exercising.
If you want to “lose weight” you have to ask yourself “Why do I want to lose weight?” The answer may not be as simple as it would appear. It is not as simple as, “Why wouldn’t I want to lose weight?” When you have become completely focused on only the result, and have not gone through the mental course of discovering they whys, your exercise program may be doomed before you begin.
A successful exercise program which brings you to your desired result is one that is based on your underlying desires.
1. Q: Why do you want to lose weight?
“Because I am overweight.”
Q: Okay, but how does being overweight affect your lifestyle now?
Q: What would be different if you lost weight?
2. Q: Why do you want to lose weight?
“I would be happier.”
Q: Why would you be happier?
Your personal answer to this question will reveal your real motivation for starting or re-starting an exercise program.
Some possible answers that speak to real motiations and desires:
- I would be healthier.
- I would feel better physically.
- I would feel better mentally.
- I could wear the clothes I want to wear.
- I would look better.
- I could get more dates.
- I could move around better.
- I could play longer with my kids/grand kids.
- I would look good at my wedding/reunion/after the divorce/after having a baby.
By identifying and even verbalizing your real desire to lose weight. Write it down, remind yourself of your real reason each time you find a reason not to exercise.
Knowing what really motivates you can lunge you into action and permanently energize your exercise routine.