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6 Reasons Why Fear Stops You From Reaching Your Fitness Goals

6 Reasons Why Fear Stops You From Reaching Your Fitness Goals

Fear is stifling. This emotion puts a halt to forward movement, specifically to change. In our personal lives and while on the quest for better health, we know that change is required. Old ways have led to the decision to be fed up and do something about the current circumstances. Fear can stop anyone from hitting the green light. We feel threated by the new environment that surrounds us. We feel safe in our home and our comfort zone of habits. Our current state of being doesn’t have to be permanent. Life isn’t a hamstring wheel. We cannot be caged by our fears. Open the door to the freedom of becoming the best YOU.

Here are some of the reasons that prevent putting one foot in front of the other and doing what needs to be done:

  1.   Losing your freedom – We are giving up power to the structure of this new way of living; the past comfort zone was free will to live life without consequences.
  2. Pain – When it comes to exercise it is uncomfortable, there will be soreness, and there will be times your body with hurt from the hard work. When it comes to life, emotions heighten to the possibility of new surroundings and it can be painful to let go.
  3. The Unknown – Results may or may not happen and you don’t know what life without cake or drama would be like.
  4. Disappointment – Not knowing precise results or setting too high of expectations for yourself can have negative outcomes psychologically.
  5. Failure – Not meeting your own expectations or reaching some timeline of progress you desired is scary head game.
  6. Loneliness – Your fitness journey is unique to you and your body, so that might mean staying away from the crowd and being strong enough to turn down drinks and food. Change can mean self-discovery without those that influenced you before, but soon you will find people of similar attitude that will help guide you on your journey.

Fear isn’t always rational. Let’s face it, being healthy physically and mentally is unquestionably important. We tend to work ourselves up emotionally about events that may or may not even occur. There is a loss of control with where this new changing journey could take you. But if we live our lives in fear, we may never see the pot of gold on the other side of the rainbow that the leprechaun promises. Taking control and doing what is best for your BODY & MIND shouldn’t be scary. Live today and every day with the hope and intention that your self-improvement and fitness journey will better YOU in so many ways. You will either step forward into growth, step back into safety, or stay right where you are which means you have given up the right to complain. Set boundaries because change needs to be a priority and time management might require deserting, limit, or re-evaluate what every 24 hours in a day consist of. Face everything and rise.

Megan Johnson McCullough is a NASM Master Trainer & Instructor, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, professional natural bodybuilder, she’s a Women’s Health Magazine Action Hero, and she owns a fitness studio in Oceanside, CA, called Every BODY’s Fit. Her mission is to help every BODY become the best version of themselves. Her pug, Steve Nash, is the mascot and her assistant at the studio. She is happily married and loves spreading her passion for health, fitness, and wellness through training and writing.

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