Okay, so you’ve set your heart on getting fit and you know that the best way to achieve this is through a combination of diet and exercise.  It’s a sad fact, however, that although many people begin their new workouts with the best of intentions, their training frequently comes spluttering to a halt after only a short while. Why is this?

In this blog, we explore some of the common causes of failure and suggest ways to overcome them.

Training programmes can nose-dive for a number of reasons, including the following:

Unrealistic goals

With any training plan, you need to be realistic. To put it bluntly, there’s no quick fix for getting fit – it’s an ongoing process. The longer you stick with the training, the better your results will be. If you want to lose weight, for example, then diet and exercise over the course of a few months will help you achieve it. Don’t expect to get a six pack and a tightly toned body after a week of workouts though, or you will be disappointed. Realistically, you need to commit to the longer haul to obtain tangible results.

No direction

Have a plan in place before you start to workout. Know your goals and use them to make sure the training is heading in the right direction. For example, if you want to lose weight from your stomach or your arms, choose exercises that focus on these areas. If you merely workout for the sake of doing so, then you run the risk of quitting though a lack of direction.

Lack of understanding

Get to know the equipment you are using. This will help during workouts. Set training goals and become best buddies with the fitness equipment you buy. Once you’re familiar with the various features and functions you can get the most out of your gear and use it to the best of your ability. This will alleviate any disappointment associated with not using equipment properly.

Picking the wrong type of exercise equipment

Find exercise equipment that’s a good fit for you. Some people prefer exercise bikes, whilst others find cross trainers are easier to use and deliver better results. It’s very much a personal thing.

If you have used rowing machines in the past and find it easier to get into a rhythm on this type of equipment, then why not get back into a training programme with one? Everyone is different. What suits you might not suit another person, so select the form of exercise that is best for you. You can only increase your chances of success by so doing.

One of the main advantages of hiring fitness equipment initially, is that it gives you a chance to 'try before you buy'. In other words, you can ascertain that a particular item of exercise equipment suits you, before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash. To encourage you, Fit Hire is happy to offset part of the cost of the hire against the purchase price of a new machine. To find out more about the equipment available for home hire, click here.

Not devoting enough time   

Half an hour of exercise once a week isn’t enough. If you are truly committed to getting fit, you’ll need to allocate sufficient time to workout at least three times a week; preferably more, if you can spare the time. This might necessitate juggling your routine around a little, but this is the only way you’ll achieve positive results. Devote as much time as you can to training and once you get into a regular pattern you’ll be less likely to quit.

Right, are you ready to begin your new training plan? Good luck and we hope you stick with it!