So many people struggle to stick to an exercise regime.
Though unsubstantiated it wouldn’t be outlandish to say that we all know at least one person who, perhaps after hearing about the myriad health benefits associated with regular exercise, resolves to get a regular sweat on.
Or there’s the case of the casual acquaintance who, after catching a side glimpse of their sizable belly in the mirror, suddenly signs up to the local gym.
But irrespective of what prompts action the narrative is nearly always the same: they start off with good intentions and for a while maintain admirable motivation, enthusiasm and commitment.
Then something happens. Something gives.
And soon the good intentions fade, consistency declines and fitness is forfeited for less strenuous activities: such as the couch (if that can be called an activity).
According to a recent study only a mere 12% of UK citizens consistently exercise.
Why is it, then, that so few people successfully maintain exercise consistency?
As a health and exercise professional I’ve wrestled long and hard with that illusive question. This should come as no surprise considering it is the single most frequent problem I’m ‘contracted’ to resolve.
Those countless hours spent deliberating over how to help clients keep consistent in their training have not proved entirely fruitless.
I have identified a number of reasons that account for why this problem is so prevalent, persistent and, for some, impenetrable. Those reasons include:
Time constraints (which, by the way, is such a copout excuse)
Lack of training ideas which inevitably leads to boredom/apathy