There are many more reasons I'm sure. I think these are three of the most critical and if these can be worked on and improved upon, then the other 100 reasons will fall into place.
1. You aren't consistent enough. Consistency is the number one trait every beginner who is starting their fitness journey needs to have.
Without it, you will never feel like you are making progress. I'm real and sustainable progress that you can see and feel. There are so many programs, books and magazine articles out there that have short time frames. "Twelve weeks to getting ripped." "Six weeks to a six pack." "Get a summer body in just 2 weeks."
These all sound great, but that conditions the mind to only prepare for those shorter periods of time. If it were only that easy! Another thing that happens all too often, (it's happened to me) is that if you are doing a 6 week program and you don't see really good results in 3 weeks, you get discouraged.
What starts to happen is your attitude changes and your commitment begins to lessen. Then you have stopped altogether. Several weeks or months later you've lost all of your previous improvements and you are back to where you started from.
2. You aren't working hard enough. I've seen this one before; someone is fairly consistent going to the gym or working out at their house four times per week. They think they are doing everything right. They talk about working out every day, etc.
The problem is they aren't working hard enough. They don't break a sweat. They get on the treadmill for 30 minutes, but go super slow. They accomplish nothing. You are not improving if this is you. Even if you are a fitness beginner and you aren't always sure what to do, you have to work hard.
I talk a lot about fitness for the beginner and getting beginners off on the right foot. Beginner or not, you can still work hard and give great effort. Once your initial soreness has gone away, you are ready to work hard. Use good for and push yourself.
Fitness takes time. It can take years. I'm still trying to get to a certain level of fitness and I go the gym every weekday morning. I push myself and work as hard as I can. I don't do any exercises that I'm not comfortable with or seem like they could injure me. There is no rule against breaking a sweat.
If you are at the gym and not getting after it and breaking a sweat, you're wasting your time.
3. You aren't eating well enough. I bet you've heard this one before. There are so many eating plans out there. What ratios do I eat? What foods do I eat? Carbs or no carbs? This can get very confusing and frustrating. I always think about food in two ways. One is that it's just fuel and you should eat whatever you want that's healthy until you're full.
Maybe there is just one way to think about it summed up in one sentence. Eat all the healthy, whole food you want until you are full. If you do this alone, you will start to see and feel more fit and more healthy. This means no junk food or national brand loaded coffee drinks. This means no soda and no processed foods.
Of course you have to eat a treat every now and then. Yes you do. The idea, however, is to eat so much healthy food that you crowd out the junk food. Along the way you are going to be detoxing your taste buds so that junk food doesn't taste as good and real food tastes even better.
Beginners don't need diets and meal plans. Fitness beginners need to eat, whole, healthy foods spaced throughout the day.
Show up everyday ready to workout and work hard. Consistency takes effort and you have to build momentum and work into being consistent. It doesn't just happen over night.
Work on your food. Work on the foods you eat and they way you prepare them. Most foods can easily be made from scratch. Pesto sauce, peanut butter, Vinaigrette dressing, soup, chicken tenders and baked french fries can all be made easily.
Summary: It takes time to develop the mindset to be consistent, to work hard and to eat right. Take small steps and don't get discourage if you slip up and eat too much of something not good for you. Each step and each healthy bite of food gets your closer to your goal. One of my goals is to help beginners with their fitness journey. I hope this gives you some pointers and a small bit of motivation.
I'm just an average 40 something guy with a family who wants to help people get fit and healthy. I have a bachelor's degree in Physical Education (UTEP 1991) and a Master's degree in Kinesiology (Sam Houston State University 1993) I became a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in 1994 from the National Athletic Trainer's Association. I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1999. I have worked out (mostly) in some form or fashion since high school. I'm not super fit and I don't have a six-pack. I've don't Spartan and a few other obstacle races. I've done home fitness DVD's and worked out at gyms. I'm not a runner or a Crossfitter. I don't eat perfectly, but do understand it's importance. There are too many people who are not healthy and too many people who don't know how to enter the fitness world. There are too many personal trainers that are not qualified to work with people, especially beginners. There are too many false thoughts, gadgets, and expectations and I want to guide people down the right path so that they have success. If I share a product or service with an affiliate link, I either use the product or know the product. I don't know everything, but I know a thing or two.