Everyone likes when they’re told what they want to hear; things stay nice and comforting that way. Being told what you need to hear versus what you want to hear can be a little unsettling, but it can be to your benefit. With an abundance of fitness information online, you’re bound to run across some bogus advice. We’re here today to uncover some of the uncomfortable truths about fitness. You might not want to hear some of these things, but they need to be heard.
Uncomfortable Truth About Fitness #1
Achieving dramatic results from a 12-week program isn’t going to happen.
Seeing noticeable progress is definitely possible over the course of a 12-week program. However, more often than not, building a strong, lean body takes months of consistent effort. This shouldn’t discourage you from working toward a healthier lifestyle and building the body you want. Instead, we’re offering you realistic advice on reaching your goals. Develop a lifestyle that incorporates a healthy diet and consistent exercise that you enjoy. The consistency will help you reach your goals and make you healthier to boot.
Uncomfortable Truth About Fitness #2
Another thing that’s not going to happen: immediate results.
These days it’s in our nature to want things right now. That is precisely why fat burning pills and fad diets exist; they promise short cuts to success. When you read or hear something that is promising exactly what you want with super-fast results, it’s hard to resist. The old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” applies here. Be cognizant of the desire for immediate results and remind yourself that nothing great comes quickly or easily. Just as in all things in life, consistent, hard work and perseverance will win in the end.
Uncomfortable Truth About Fitness #3
Some people have to work harder than others to accomplish similar results.
Some truths about fitness are harder to swallow than others. There are those who get strong quickly, stay lean easily, and keep their physique in check with minimal effort. Then there are those who have to be extra diligent, count nearly every calorie, and struggle to keep the fat off. We agree it’s not fair that fitness is less of a challenge for some. That said, it’s no excuse to throw your health to the wayside. Instead, acknowledge the challenge ahead of you. Embrace it and keep on keepin’ on. Avoid comparing yourself to others and don’t let the challenge be an excuse not to become the best version of yourself.
Uncomfortable Truth About Fitness #4
You can’t believe everything you read about health and fitness online.
There is an abundance of misinformed truths about fitness online. The misinformation isn’t out there to intentionally hurt anyone, but it’s still there. And it’s really difficult to tell the difference between the legit advice and the wrong advice. Sometimes the poor advice given is biased and other times it’s not backed by solid research. Whatever the reason, be sure to do your homework before jumping on the latest health or fitness trend. Do a little research to find out where/who the information is coming from, if the information has been properly researched, and if the person sharing the information has the proper credentials to be offering advice on the subject.
Uncomfortable Truth About Fitness #5
Life will get in the way of your goals once in a while.
Bad days or even bad weeks are bound to happen. It’s not what you want to hear because it’s a very un-motivating statement, but it’s one of those truths about fitness that happens to most everyone. Making the wrong food choices or missing a week’s worth of workouts can derail your routine in a flash. There are a million ways life can interrupt your best intentions. Maybe you had a down day, a hectic week, or suffered from illness or injury. Whatever the reason, recognize it, and then pick yourself back up and get back on track as soon as you can. And know this: it happens to everyone.
Uncomfortable Truth About Fitness #6
There is no “perfect” diet or exercise routine.
Health and fitness aren’t one-size-fits-all. When it comes to fat loss, no single diet or routine can be suggested as the perfect solution, especially when it comes to long-term results. Generally speaking, the best diet and exercise program is the one that you can stick to. You will have to either do a little research yourself, or work with someone who has the knowledge to do it for you, to come up with a plan that will not only help you reach your goals, but will also be realistic for you to be consistent with.