Finishing a fitness program is no small feat.
To stay consistent over weeks, when your body is sore and simply over the abuse, builds not only your body, but your character.
Finishing a program is a huge accomplishment, and one that easily weeds out the strong from the weak.
Once the program is over, however, people stumble.
They get to the end of the finish line, look around, and go, “Now what?”
I saw this in my past personal training clients along with my own fitness goals.
So, I thought I’d sit down and address the three biggest reasons people fall back off the fitness routine after finishing a program, and how to fix it:
- You’re a goal oriented person.
There are a lot of people who finally get in shape, look around, and go “now what?” This is easily fixed with setting a new goal: competing in something, trying a new sport, aiming for a new PR.
Need a new goal? Some ideas:
Lose weight and get shredded.
Run a race.
Find a new workout partner.
Hire a personal trainer.
Hit a new PR.
Climb a mountain.
Take up a new sport (boxing, baseball, football, swimming).
A lot of people who get in shape don’t always change their friends. Sometimes just having one or two fitness-oriented friends helps you stay accountable and you two can workout together/share meal ideas/etc.
It’s easy to slip back into old habits being around the same environment/people/etc. I know, I know, some of your current friends will get upset thinking you’ve become “obsessed” with the gym, but if they are not supportive, are they that good of friends anyway?
You need someone in your life who cares about your goals and wants you to succeed.
Start talking to people in your gym, find new friends online, and start reaching out to people you want to be around. Having a group of like-minded friends will do wonders for staying accountable.
- On a deeper, more philosophical and woo-woo level: you’re still personally identified with your past self.
It’s hard for your subconscious to accept you’re a fit person who does fit things. This sets you up for self-sabotage because your outer appearance conflicts with your inner feelings. Super woo-woo, I know, but an incredibly real phenomenon.
To combat this:
Stop referring to your past self.
Of course, there might be other reasons, but those were the ones I almost always encountered with clients and even myself.
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