Exhausted Weight Lifter

We Are Our Worst Fitness Enemies

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym, and get rid of the excess weight you’re carrying around? Have you looked at Hugh Jackman or Sylvester Stallone, and promptly decided to get up off the couch and work out for that perfect figure? You probably have. And if you have, then there is a good chance that you didn’t quite manage to go the distance. Why? Well researches chalk it up to the Habernula of your brain!

However, while we can’t analyze how our Habernula functions, we sure know what the direct causes of us slacking off are. Here are a few common ones:

Lack of Immediate Response to Exercise

This is the issue that plagues most of us. We go to the gym for a couple of weeks, and we see that our waistline hasn’t receded at all. That our muscles are yet to have the Arnold Schwarzenegger-ish bulk, and we still run out of breath after hurrying up too many flights of stairs. And it is at this point that we tend to feel defeated, and lose incentive. But it is essential that we do not! Exercise takes time to take effect. So don’t give up. Keep at it.

We Try to do too much, or too Little

It’s hard not to feel discouraged when you’re the one lifting the lightest weight, or running out of breath the fastest. Especially when everywhere around you, you see muscle and no fat. And this is when people tend to outdo themselves―by trying to lift too much, or run for longer than they can, while some might just not be working out hard enough.

Getting out of your comfort zone is important too. Interestingly, women often go too light on their workout, because they are afraid they may gain too much bulk or any at all. It’s a double-edged sword, really, because lack of a challenge/burn-out from excessive hardship can both demotivate you.

Inability to Establish a Proper Relationship with Trainers

Many people grow discouraged at the gym, simply because they feel inadequate – something which a short talk with a trainer could solve in an instant. However, if you don’t have the right trainer, you might either end up feeling annoyed by how much he/she talks, or feel demotivated by their impatience with your progress. Finding the right personal trainer is an essential step of a marvelous and salient gym routine and helping you find the best exercises as well as the methods which work for you when it comes to your personal health care regimen.


Written by Benjamin Roussey for bodono.

Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. Currently he lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online: www.infinista.com.