Why does it happen every year? Those New Year “Resolutioners” who start a new exercise regiment only to quit before spring arrives. Sound familiar? Keep reading.
If you can develop one characteristic in particular, you may be able to conquer the temptation to give up.
In my opinion, there are three reasons why people quit exercise so quickly.
- They attempt too much too fast.
- Their schedule can not handle that big of a change.
- They are not patient and want to see quick results.
When it all becomes overwhelming without seeing the desired results, they quit.
To stick to an Exercise Program past the first six weeks, work to develop patience and accept you may progress slowly.
HOW IS YOUR PATIENCE?
Patience. Who really likes that word? I have to be honest; patience is not my best quality. When things are not going my way, my natural tendency is to become aggravated and quit. However, when I think about the qualities of Jesus, I can’t help but think about how patient He is with me. Where would I be if Jesus gave up on me so quickly? He believes in me and knows what I can accomplish through Him. Despite my weakness and failures, He never gives up on me.
What if you had the same patience with yourself that Christ has with you? What could you accomplish? Could having patience with yourself be a way for you to stick to an exercise program and make it a habit? What would happen if you did give up so quickly?
Galatians 6:9 says:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
I WANT IT NOW
I definitely like living in a world where we can get almost anything, quickly. When I make up my mind that I want something my philosophy is “why drag out the process.” I have even said this to God when praying for certain things in my life. But thankfully, He knew that I needed to progress slowly and not add too much to my plate at one time. There were things He needed to teach me that would take time to ensure that it would stick with me. He knows every time how much I can handle at each stage of my life.
It is the same with exercise. Killing yourself trying to get quick results, is not the way to develop healthy habits that will lead to a consistent exercise program. A new program must be designed with the right program that you can handle at this stage of your life.
Don’t give up on yourself. Results happen when you are consistent. When you decide to be patience and progress slowly, you will find it is easier to stick to an exercise program.