Why is it often easier to start a fitness program than it is to maintain one?

It is often said about running, “The first mile is a liar.”

When runners start running in the morning, the usual feeling is that they will not complete their goal for the day. But as they come to complete the first mile, the body gets used to the exercise, and we can complete our goals.

Fitness Program Motivation

Similarly, we begin exercising as a result of the onset of motivation. There could be various reasons for that motivation.

  1. Plan to lose weight.
  2. New year resolution to get fitter.
  3. Want to get more active in life.
  4. Desire to improve one’s body’s appearance.

But when we do start, we do not consider our present circumstances and body metrics. For example –

  1. Our present heart rate or pulse rate and how it changes after a 1-mile run.
  2. What is our present running speed?
  3. How many push-ups and pull-ups can we do?
  4. What are your current weight and waist circumference measurements?
  5. Can we touch our toes while standing with our legs straight? Etc. 

Workout Routine

It feels better because the body is less accustomed to physical activity at the beginning of a fitness program.

The decision to begin an exercise program is a significant one. However, it does not have to be a stressful experience. You can establish a healthy habit that will last a lifetime if you plan and take it slowly.

Begin Slowly and with Less

It is critical to begin slowly and with less exercise. I began with only 10 minutes of Pranayam (breathing exercises). It’s at the very least exhausting.

Make a Timetable

Everyone agrees on a timetable for the entire exercise. However, our bodies quickly adapt to our actions. So, if we start exercising at 6 a.m., stick to the schedule, and your body will adapt quickly.

Rest is as Important

Rest the body completely if necessary. As you begin to exercise, your body becomes more tired, so you may need to sleep earlier or longer than usual. Eventually, your sleep will not increase though you will sleep better. It is because our body tends to rest only as per its needs. 

Increase Progressively 

Increase your time and exercise slowly. After three months, I began adding various yoga asanas and incorporated 15 minutes of yoga into my daily routine. So I got a 25-minute schedule after three months.

Healthy Lifestyle Guide

Participating in lifestyle fitness activities is frequently more convenient than participating in more formal fitness activities.

Rather than having very formal fitness activities, I have only added them to my lifestyle slowly and steadily. 

The motivation to begin a program is frequently higher than the motivation to continue later when the progress made may be less obvious.

Those 25 minutes of Yoga and Pranayama didn’t result in many visible physical changes in my body, nor did I expect any. But yes, it had become my routine by then.

While practical considerations such as a hectic schedule or poor health can make exercise more difficult, the most significant obstacles are psychological for most of us.

The only way to overcome these obstacles is slowly and steadily. 

Perhaps a lack of self-confidence prevents you from taking positive steps, or your motivation wanes quickly, or you become easily discouraged and quit.

Make certain that you do not mark yourself absent for even a single day during the first 90 days. Remember, you are doing the minimum possible exercise and only fixing a routine.

We’ve all been in that situation at some point.

To put together a successful fitness program, which of the following steps are beneficial in reinforcing commitment to the program?

Simple Workout Log

One of the most important factors in becoming motivated is to make it simple to get started.

  1. It aids in the transition from a personal fitness program to a new way of life.
  2. Tempting as it may be to get caught up in the latest craze of trendy diets and workouts, health is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and what works for one person may not produce the same results for another.
  3. What works for you at one point in your life may not work for you at another point in your life.
  4. Is it possible to increase a fitness program’s success by incorporating healthy lifestyle activities into it?

Once you’ve begun to behave, you won’t require much additional motivation. The beginning of a task is where nearly all of the friction occurs. After you get started, progress will happen more naturally for you. To put it in another way, it is frequently easier to complete a task than it is to initiate it in the first place.

  • Assign smaller steps
  • Reward yourself.

In many cases, individuals cannot find the motivation to achieve their desired outcomes because they devote too much time and energy to other aspects of the process.

Get Started

If you want to make it easier to find motivation, Get Started.

I have seen people making so many plans, buy video courses, consult dieticians, buy apparel, shoes, mats, protein powder etc., but just not starting.

By the time they start, it is already time to break the new year resolution.

Better would be to start first and then as a reward to yourself do all the shopping and consultations.

Automate the early stages of your behavior.

Start when the conditions are favorable, e.g., during warm weather, which is not too humid. Then, you also have the opportunity to go out and make your workout more interesting.

An increasingly unpredictable schedule, like during the rainy season or extreme winters, makes consistently scheduling such activities difficult. 

As previously stated, if you find an exercise program that is enjoyable and rewarding, you are much more likely to stick with it.

Later, I started running, which I found very enjoyable and, with the rewards that are the medals related to those marathons. I have been addicted to it for a long time now.

No amount of willpower will be enough to keep you motivated to complete a workout you despise over the long haul.

Choose a workout that you enjoy, and you will be able to incorporate it into your daily routine.

Weight loss that is gradual and steady is easier to maintain over the long term because it promotes healthy eating habits.

It is also much safer than rapid weight loss, according to the research.

My eating habits didn’t change the day I started Pranayam or Yoga, but slowly, I have developed more healthy eating habits and better home-cooked food over some time.

And it also helps to remember that you are becoming a better version of yourself every day.