If you’re like most people, you’ve probably fallen short of fitness goals in the past.

Most of us have tried and failed to lose a certain number of pounds or squeeze into an old beloved pair of jeans again at some point in our past. There are many possible reasons as to why you haven’t reached fitness goals in the past, but in order to be successful the next time around, you need to learn what has been holding you back. That’s why, in this blog series, the professionals at Goal Plus have been going over the most common reasons why people don’t reach their fitness goals. If you haven’t already check out Part 1 to learn about the reasons we’ve already covered, and keep reading to learn more.

#5. You don’t have a support system.

In our last blog, we talked about how you need a good enough reason to keep you motivated for the foreseeable future. But, sometimes, even the best reasons can fall short when you’re having a rough day and you just can’t. That’s when having a support system behind you can really come in handy. Sometimes, you just need someone there to remind that you can do it, and that you’ll be glad that you did. For most of us, it’s a lot easier to let ourselves down than it is to let down someone we love. So, find someone to hold you accountable and help you find motivation. Regardless of if it’s your best friend, mom, partner or personal trainer, it’ll make the whole journey a lot more bearable.

#6. You don’t know what you’re doing.

Living in the information age is both a curse and a blessing. On one hand, we have a world full of information at the tips of our fingers, but on the other hand, there’s also a lot of misinformation out there, especially when it comes to health and fitness. If you’re trying to do it all on your own without any professional advice, you may end up sticking with a plan that won’t provide long-term results, or that could even put your health at risk. We’re not implying that you have to hire a professional trainer, or that it’s impossible to reach your fitness goals without professional advice, but we do want to emphasize how important it is to do lots of research. And, it never hurts to consult your doctor.

#7. You try to do too much too soon.

You’re not going to turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger overnight, and if you want to enjoy long-term success in your fitness goal, you’re going to need to ease into it. If you’re dieting, don’t simply cut out sweets, salty snacks and all of your other favorites all at once. Start by making it a point to cook more vegetables and snack on more fruits. Then, little by little, start reducing your favorite unhealthy bites. If you’re working out, go a few times a week at first, starting with light weights, low reps and a short cardio session, and then as you get stronger, start doing more, lifting more and working out for longer.

#8. You don’t have realistic expectations.

If you read our last blog, then you know it’s important to make your goal specific. After all, if your goal is too vague, how can you possibly know when you’ve reached it? But, on the other hand, it does no good to have a specific goal in mind if it’s not attainable in the first place. If you start out with a goal to lose 50 pounds in one month, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure from the get-go. But, it’s important to note that you’re not a failure for not reaching an unattainable goal. The only way that you’ll reach your fitness goal is if it can be reached.

We hope that this blog will help you overcome anything that has been preventing you from reaching your fitness goals in the past. And, with the Goal Plus app, we’re confident that you’ll have everything you need to be successful in reaching your fitness goal this time around. With our fitness accountability app, you can set, share track and successfully reach your goal like never before. Best of all, it’s absolutely free. Download Goal Plus online today!