Yep, there are fitness goals that are UNREALISTIC and even STUPID, and I’ll list some of them here. I’m not saying I haven’t been guilty of some of these myself, but nonetheless, they are not only unrealistic, but .just plain stupid.
We all want to look like Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, Paul Walker or maybe Hugh Jackman. It’s probably not in the cards for most of us. Our culture leads us to believe that we should want to look like these Hollywood stars. We can’t. …..at least most of us can’t.
So there’s the first unrealistic goal…..look like a movie star.
Here are eight (8) more:
1.) GETTING A SIX PACK
This seems to be the ultimate fitness goal of almost everyone. I read more articles for both men and women about getting a six pack than I do about any other subject. It’s the most obsessed-about body part that there is.
To get a six pack, you gotta start by inheriting some good genes. If you come from a family that are mostly endomorphs, then you’ve got a bigger challenge than someone who has a natural mesomorph body type. You can’t fight what you were born with.
No matter how many times a magazine uses a headline like “Flat Abs Fast,” unless you are already highly fit or were blessed with really fortunate genetics, it’s not likely you will ever be able to achieve six-pack abs in a short amount of time.
It really takes a lot of work, commitment, and a strict diet. It also requires you have a body fat percentage of 8% or less Good luck with that.
The truth is, a shredded belly is extremely hard to attain and doing so requires a lot more than performing ab exercises every day. It’s not impossible, but you’ve got to really want a six pack and be willing to do the work, diet and exercises to get there.
2.) WORKING OUT EVERY DAY
It’s not the best thing for you. If you do decide to do this, take one or two easy days each week so your body can recover, like walking, light yoga or a really good stretch out. Your body needs recovery for you to get the best results.
People who are new to exercise are better off planning 2-4 days of activity per week, and then actually doing it.
Overtraining is one of the worst things you can do to your body. The muscles actually get toned during the recovery stage when you’re resting.
3.) MAKING TOO MANY DRAMATIC CHANGES ALL AT ONCE
Trying to do too much all at once is a mistake. Avoid entire lifestyle overhauls overnight. They don’t work. They won’t stick.
People become overwhelmed and, as a result, they don’t stick to their new plan and end up falling off the wagon.
Depending on where you are in your fitness journey, less can absolutely be more. If you adopt only one new habit per month, your success rate will be as high as 80 percent. But when you try to increase to two habits per month, your success rate for either habit plummets to less than 20 percent.
4.) LOSING 20 POUNDS IN A MONTH
So start out with realistic goals of say, 2 pounds a month. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you did that for a year, you’d lose 24 or so pounds. It may sound boring and slow, but a slow loss can be maintained better than rapid weight loss.
You often see diets that guarantee you to lose 10 lbs in 7 days. No diet that guarantees rapid weight loss should be trusted.
At the beginning of a diet, your weight loss will be greater due to water loss, with more loss of body fat coming over the following weeks or months. That initial weight loss can be encouraging and you may get the idea you can do that forever. Unfortunately, you’ll hit plateaus along the way.
5.) GOING ON A STRICT DIET
Calorie-restricted diets that are nutritionally balanced absolutely do work for the short term, but they usually are so far from what you can maintain, that they are useless.
Many people make the mistake of not having a plan for coming off a strict diet, and after losing weight they just go back to how they were eating before and gain all the weight back.
Oftentimes, you will end up worse off than when you started.
6.) SPOT REDUCING
If you’re aiming for ripped abs, endless crunches and sit-ups won’t get you the results you’re looking for. Folks just don’t understand that our body doesn’t work like that.
7.) GAINING LOTS OF MUSCLE IN A MONTH
If this is your goal, expecting unrealistic results is often an issue.
In the same way that a guy shouldn’t get too ambitious with his weight loss goals, you too must be reasonable when setting your fitness goals. If you expect to be able to do 50 pushups in one week when you can only currently do 15, you will be disappointed. If you expect to gain 20 lbs of lean muscle in a month, you’ll be disappointed.
If you expect to be able to bench press 175 lbs in one week when you can only currently press 125, you will be disappointed. If you expect to gain 20 lbs of lean muscle in a month, you’ll be disappointed.
If you expect to gain 20 lbs of lean muscle in a month, you’ll be disappointed.
It is important to use your first few weeks, if you are just beginning to train, as an adjustment period to see how your body responds to exercise and then set realistic goals based on your first few weeks of working out.
Instead of deciding that you want to bench press 175 lbs by the end of the week, aim to bench press 130 by the end of the month. Only by taking things slowly and being happy with small, progressive results will you have any hope of reaching your ultimate goal.
8.) RELYING ON SUPPLEMENTS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Some supplements are required to get to your goals if your goals involve gaining muscle, but a high dosage of supplements without a doctor’s guidance is never a good idea. The gym-goer is advised to investigate the credibility of what they’re consuming.
You should do some research on the side effects of each and every supplement you take, and you are advised to investigate the credibility of the trainer who recommends certain supplements.
A guy who works out more than 4 days a week might need different nutrition from a normal person’s, so supplements may be part of your overall nutrition plan. The approach must be an informed one.
Just don’t think supplements will do the work for you. You gotta hit the gym.
Getting into the best shape of your life is not quick or easy. Those are the facts.
Start with realistic goals, commit for the long haul and stay consistent and dedicated.
I have made many of these mistakes myself because I wanted instant results like many folks do. I have learned the hard way that getting in shape and staying there is not easy. I now have realistic expectations and goals. I can meet them because they’re realistic. It’s taken me years not weeks to get to where I wanted to be.
See you at the gym.