“I’m Discouraged By My Lack of Progress!”

Everyone encounters setbacks in training; it’s inevitable. It can be anything from an injury to a significant life change. And then there are the less dramatic things–like simply feeling that progress is not happening fast enough.

First, let’s take a look at some possible sources of these feelings and see what we can do.

  • Your expectations: The positive changes that result from exercise begin immediately. But because you’re creating a body makeover that starts on the inside, you must give yourself the time to see the changes take place. You want to notice an immediate difference. Often I speak to people who have unrealistic goals to achieve and they are setting themselves up for a ‘market correction’ when the time has passed and the results look different from the original goals. It’s not uncommon for some of these goals to arise from misleading information on the internet. In the beginning with clients, our discussion revolves around their goals and expectations. An important part of fitness planning is building a challenging yet achievable agenda. Then, the rest is simply executing the plan. Keep doing the basics and the rest will follow.
  • Your Training Routine: Maybe it’s time to switch your workout to something that is simply more fun. Even the most dedicated can lose their enthusiastic edge by doing a routine that becomes routine. Take the time to reflect on your priorities and double check where you are relative to their importance and meaning.
  • Your Recovery: Just as important as exercise are nutrition and rest (sufficient quantity of quality sleep). Overtraining can sap your energy and your enthusiasm. Pay attention to how late at night you stare into your cellphone and create the conditions for losing valuable sleep. You need to prioritize your sleep at the same or greater level than your training.

Other Possible Solutions

How about a training partner? Your program and your attitude could benefit from having an experienced training partner. You can learn something new and you’ll automatically become more competitive.

I do have people who enjoy training together. We call it ‘Best Friends for Fitness.” It’s not just for the fun of it, but for the mutual support and encouragement that it takes to get through the discouraging times.

The unfortunate facts are that most people who begin the process of change drop out within a year. Very few remain five years down the road. I really do believe that having a BFF (even if they aren’t a training partner, but simply your ‘moral support coach’) can make a big difference.

It might even be your group at the fitness class you attend.

And if you are the one reaching out, you’ll immediately become more confident!


Simply Senior Fitness by Steven Siemons is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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