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Why do people stop exercising?

To exercise it is essential that you feel motivated, that you have willpower and that you can stay focused.

However, maintaining motivation and always having willpower can seem difficult and even can lead you to give up exercising.

The monotony of training, the lack of time, the weather conditions, are some of the main reasons that can lead you to give up more easily.

In order for that not to happen, in this article I will enumerate some of the main reasons that can cause people to stop exercising and what the solution is to prevent that from happening.

8  reasons that can lead people to stop exercising

1. Lack of time or difficulty in organizing the agenda


It’s very common to hear “I have little time, I don’t have time to work out.”

Remember, in 24 hours, you can always take time for yourself. Make exercise one of your priorities and take advantage of some of its benefits.

Exercise can:

  • Influence and improve respiratory function
  • Change body composition
  • Help control the weight
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Help control anxiety and release stress

Some tips that you can follow to find the time to train are: take advantage the lunch hour to exercise, look for gyms near your home or your work/school to not waste time on trips, train at home, walk more…

See more tips in the article from the blog “How to find time to work out? The best 10 tips.”

2. Weather conditions

It is something that we cannot control and, in some cases, it can affect both physical performance and motivation, especially those who train outdoors.

But weather can’t be an excuse!

You can, for example, take the opportunity to do a HIIT training at home. It is quite intense and fast: a half-hour HIIT workout can replace a longer workout due to the intensity associated with it.

Get an example of a workout to do at home or somewhere else: the WOZ.

3. Financial Conditions


In some cases, and for some people, the gym can be considered a luxury, but that cannot prevent you from training and keeping focus.

You can always be creative and enjoy several places to exercise away from the gym.

See an example of a low-cost circuit training.

Tip: Try doing squats every day and increasing 10 squats a day and you will see the impact this will have on your lower members in a short time.

4. Fatigue


Fatigue is something that will necessarily affect your performance and contribute to not being able to do it or not wanting to exercise.

For example, the emergence of muscle aches, especially when you are starting the practice of exercise, is normal, but it cannot be decisive for you to give up trying.

To try to reduce fatigue, there are some things you can put into practice:

  • Try to reduce the training intensity
  • Rest more by sleeping better, and at least 7-9 hours per night (recommendation for adults by the National Sleep Foundation)
  • Eat better food, avoiding processed food that gives you a sudden boost of energy, but that runs out quickly. Bet on the complex carbohydrates, they are better because they distribute the energy through your body throughout the day

Always try to bet on these three important factors for your development and remember! You should not let your body go into overtraining.

The first 15 days are not easy and many are left behind, but others can take it to the end. Be one of the persistent!

5. Tired of routine

You fulfill the training plan that you have prescribed, but sometimes it does not correspond to your goals, it does not keep you motivated and you see no results.

If you have already exercised, you can always talk to the personal trainer who prescribed your training and tell you what you like best to do to fit your training to your preferences.

Also, on the Internet, you have several suggestions for exercises and training plans like the one you can find in this article “How to Build your own workout routines – advice from a two-time Olympian”, and that can be used as inspiration. Discuss them and suggest them to your personal trainer.

Another problem associated with the routine is the dreaded plateau-when you stop evolving and reach Plateau State (a state where there are no changes after a period of progress and activity). Maybe it’s time to change the stimuli you’re giving your body. Review your training plan and make some changes with the help of a professional.

A tip: Always go according to what you want and stay focused.

6. Lack of motivation


As I said initially, the lack of motivation is one of the main reasons that can lead people to give up exercising.

To fight this, you can always follow some of these advice:

  • Train with friends – preferably with goals similar to yours to support and motivate each other
  • Go measuring progress through periodic evaluations – to know how your body is reacting to training
  • Establish realistic and specific goals
  • Reward yourself: If you achieve your goals, so that you are proud of yourself and know that you deserve what you have achieved

7. Lack of goals

set goals

Having goals is something that will help you not give up, because you will have a reason to fight. The more realistic and specific they are, the easier it will be to evaluate your progress.

Even when you’re not getting the results you want or at the pace you want, it’s easier to adapt knowing what you’re trying to do.

Without well-defined goals, it will be more difficult to evaluate your performance and maintain motivation.

My advice: Focus, dedicate and train regularly to see and measure the results of your effort!

8. Delay to achieve the results you want

Often, our body, in body evaluation, plays tricks on us and gives us results we did not expect to have.

Don’t be disappointed because every body is a body, and you may not get it now, but you will see that the effort is worthwhile.

It is essential to see where you are failing, either in training or in food, and make some changes. Talk to physical instructors or health professionals and ask for opinions.

Consider using some supplements, they can help you speed up the results of your effort. Consult Zumub offer.

In short…

There are several reasons that can lead you to give up exercising, but do not give up! Always try to find a solution to what’s leading you to give up.

If you are or have been in this situation, always remember these tips and stay focused. Believe the effort is always worth it.

And what about you, what motivates you?


The information included in this article concerns the authors opinion only.

About David Silva

David Silva
David Silva is a Personal Trainer and FIT and Life Coach. He uses his profession to inspire others and get them to achieve their goals, whether through his job or his writing. His motto is "A mission of life is a mission accomplished".

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