How To Shift Your Mindset When You Feel Like Giving Up
We all go through stages in our life when we have the urge to give up and quit. When you are trying to change something, like your health and fitness habits, it can be really easy to give up when it gets too hard.
Sticking to a regular exercise routine is especially difficult when it's something you may have never done before. It is hard work, may be painful at times and motivation can be hard to find. When you have a bad day, it can be a lot easier to find reasons to skip your workout.
Don’t let your goals be de-railed!
Feel like giving up?
Let’s take a look at the six most common reasons for giving up and how you can get yourself back on track.
You don’t have time
This is one of the biggest reasons that I hear for not being able to exercise. The truth is, just like your job and other commitments, exercise is just another one of those things you have to MAKE time for.
However, I know sometimes things get in the way of even the best-made plans.
When you really don’t have time, the best thing to do is to exercise for a shorter amount of time. A 20-minute walk is much better than nothing, or my BBG workouts can take just 15 minutes!
You can make time to exercise by setting an alarm to wake up 20-30 minutes earlier than normal. This gives you enough time for a short workout before your day starts – it WILL be worth it!
You’re short on money or don’t have gym access
You don't need money or access to a gym to exercise. Enjoy the fresh and FREE outdoors! Walk, bike, run or play outdoor sports to get active.
Use the stairs. This is one of my biggest tips for exercising outside. Hills and stairs are your best friends for a quick outdoor workout.
You can do my BBG workouts at home using some basic equipment or substituting with what you have on hand. No gym membership required!
You’re stuck inside because of bad weather
Weather should never be an excuse not to exercise. Get creative and do an at-home workout.
You can use your own body as resistance and find a space at home to do a quick bodyweight workout. Push-ups, lunges, squats and arm-dips are all great resistance exercises.
If you have enough space, try skipping at home or in the shed. Skipping is an awesome cardio workout.
If you really want to get out of the house, go to the shopping centre and walk some laps – really! Walking is an excellent form of LISS cardio, and if you can "window shop" at the same time, that’s an added bonus.
You feel self-conscious or intimidated
If you feel self-conscious when you first begin working out, try avoiding the gym at peak hours when it’s really crowded, or start your training at home.
If you use the gym, go with a friend or someone who knows what they are doing. Training with someone who is more experienced can help you feel more confident.
If you feel like everyone is staring at you, don’t worry, they are probably much more focused on their own workout routine! Just like you, everyone else in the gym is there for themselves.
Most of all, remember that your health and fitness have nothing to do with anyone else but YOU.
You’re bored with the same routine
Doing the same thing every workout can get repetitive. That’s why I’ve prepared some tips to help you to make your cardio more effective.
One of the keys to maintaining a workout habit is to find a training style that you enjoy. When you love doing something you are much more likely to show up for every session!
If you feel like you’re in a rut, try some new ways of working out. Mixing up your training is beneficial to both your body and your mind.
You feel tired and lack energy
A busy week at work or school can drain you of all your energy. We've ALL been there!
Finding the energy to workout is especially challenging if you are working night shifts.
If you find that you are consistently low on energy, you might need to create some healthy sleep habits like switching off devices half an hour before bedtime.
Making some healthy food swaps and keeping healthy snacks on hand can help maintain your energy levels too.
Even if you don’t feel like you have the energy, show up for your workout. There’s nothing wrong with reducing the intensity — and you might even surprise yourself once you get started!
Set your intention by preparing in advance. When your gym clothes are ready to go, you’ll feel more motivated to put them on and complete the workout!
These tips can help when you feel like giving up
I hope these tips to overcome the most common reasons for quitting can help to push and motivate you to keep going on your fitness journey.
If you have any tips to share with the BBG community on how you’ve overcome the urge to give up, please share them in the comments below!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.