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Find out the 5 reasons that stop you from starting exercising

Starting exercising can be more difficult than you first thought. What is stopping you?  Here are the five reasons why your thinking patterns could be holding you back.

1. Avoid all or nothing thinking

At the beginning, all or nothing thinking manifests itself in thoughts such as “If I can’t starting exercising 100%, I might as well not even start… I should wait until I can “Do it right’”  Once you’ve started, all or nothing thinking manifests itself as such destructive thoughts as, “I messed up this meal, so my whole day is ruined” (or worse yet, “my whole week, or “the entire program”). All or nothing thinking, in all its forms, is the great saboteur of diet and exercise.

2. Procrastination

You might think the time is not right. especially in holiday seasons. You’re too busy. You have parties to attend, food to eat, places to go, and you want to enjoy yourself. You think the conditions will be better in the next next month of next January. Wrong. The best time to start  anything you want is now. The worst part of procrastination is that it can become a habit, just like any other behaviour. It takes about three weeks to begin forming a habit, so if you wait until next week, next month or next  January, you will have developed a stronger procrastination habit and it will be harder to start, not easier. Develop the start NOW habit.  Be a do it NOW person.

3. Perfectionism

Perfectionism is another  type of specific and another type of all or nothing thinking. It’s understandable that you want to do everything right.  But when you consider the power of the 80-20 rule, you know that just getting the few important fundamentals (the 20%) in place is enough to get the majority of your results.  The rest is details and you can fine tune them later. You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it started. Starting exercising now even if it not much is better than no exercise at all.

4. Over-planning

Minutes spent in planning can save you hours in execution. Planning is crucial. However knowing the importance of planning, you may start reading, studying, collecting information and organizing the data into a comprehensive plan. The common problem is when you get stuck in this phase. Planning is a virtue.  Over planning is a vice. And if you really think about it, it’s merely another form of procrastination or perfectionism in disguise.

5. Unrealistic deadlines

Scientists have confirmed that what works for one person may not work for the next. The ideal calorie deficit may vary. The ideal speed of weight loss may vary. What is important for everyone is to set goals, to assign a deadline to each goal and to break them down into smaller, more easily achievable (bite-sized) chunks. Know thyself. These little goals and deadlines must be easily attainable FOR YOU. Once you have them, always keep your goals and deadlines in front of you.

There is an old adage that says ‘The body will not go anywhere the mind does not lead it’ So going back to the five reasons that our mind  holds us back from starting exercising…. Overcoming these thinking patterns will helps you not only start exercising to move you towards achieving your health and weight loss goals, but to achieve other successes in life.

Cameron Corish has been caring and achieving results for the local Wishart, Mansfield and Mt Gravatt community for over 10 years. Together with the Core Health Coaching Team, he takes a multi-disciplined and holistic approach to health and fitness addressing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one’s health.  

Ready to feel and look your best?  Come in for a FREE chat and see how we can make a difference in your life.  Call 0406 451 907 or email Cameron at


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