5 Things Keeping You From Achieving Your Exercise Goals

Jan 26, 2021

Lack of Motivation

Make sure you define why you are motivated to accomplish your goal ahead of time. Lack of motivation can turn a well intentioned goal into a goal that is quickly forgotten about. If you are having trouble staying motivated find a small reward for your efforts after you completed your goal being sure to not negate your efforts. Most people need a good reason so ensure your goal has a special importance to you. Know your “why” and remind yourself frequently. 

Lack of Planning 

Getting to the gym or getting a workout in before work takes some planning. Remember that good old saying “If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail”? Many people find that making a list of the things they want to accomplish the next day is a helpful tool. There are countless other ways to plan – plug your work out schedule into your phone’s calendar or write it down on a paper calendar – someplace you would see it frequently throughout the day. Look ahead at your upcoming week to plan for any inconsistencies or obstacles that will get in the way of your plan and rearrange accordingly. 

Lack of Commitment 

Maybe there are other things you would rather be doing, like sitting on the couch with a pint of ice cream binging your favorite Netflix series. That sounds nice, but that behavior won’t assist you with your exercise goals. Take the small steps to achieve your goals to create a habit and don’t break the routine. Find ways to make the commitment easier on yourself. For example, set your work out clothes next to your bed at night so you don’t have to think about what you will wear to the gym or on the running trail when you get up in the morning. 

Unrealistic Goals 

Set clear and realistic goals. Start small. Achieving what you set out to do and checking it off your list will help you stick to your goals. Start small and build from that success. Maybe you begin by doing 10 min of exercise a day during the first week, whereas week two consists of 20 minutes per day. 


Is pain stopping you from exercising? You start a running program but then find that your hip, low back and shin are painful during your runs and extremely sore afterward. Maybe that old ankle sprain has come back to haunt you. If you find that pain is a limiting factor, call our Greenville or Rockford clinic to set up a FREE consultation. One of our skilled physical therapists will talk to you about your pain and your goals as well as find any dysfunction occurring with your movement. They will then help you determine the next best step to help you Be Your Best. To find out more information click here: Consult Information – Clinic Handout. Or schedule today by visiting our website at www.robinetpt.com