Underestimating the importance of the right mindset in starting a fitness program often leads to disappointment and eventually abandoning the program altogether. Being realistic about your own fitness and understand that fitness is like mastering any skill  – it requires patience for progress. 

Beware of the following traps that stop many beginners before they can start to see the benefits.

Doing too much too soon

Motivation and excitement at the beginning of a fitness program may seem explosive, as the hope for success is high and adrenaline is pumping. However, this enthusiasm will drive you only in the short term. It is essential to reel in some of this excitement and go for a more steady state. Learn the basics of good exercising techniques and avoid injuries.

Ignoring recovery

Many beginners in fitness believe that they should get out there every day and train like mad, generally ignoring the importance of recovery on the body. The body, especially if it has not exercised for a while, needs the time to catch up to what the mind knows it can do. This may sound boring; but your body will surprise you if given time and consistent training in the long term.

Not having a goal or plan

The biggest killer to any fitness program is no direction – getting fit for the sake of fitness doesn’t make sense.  A strong reason for the goal will keep any beginner from straying into the abyss of “what for!” When you are feeling that you can’t go on, your dreams will save you and let you know that you have the power to start and finish your exercise program.

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Written by Anna: Nutritionist and Exercise Coach @SquareBoxFitness.com