No two people are the same, but to be successful, everyone needs to be on a fitness journey that is effective, adaptable and sustainable. I believe that to achieve great results it requires education, support and constant motivation.

- Nathan Spring

Overcome your Setbacks

This is a topic that I could expect to have with almost every single client I work with no matter whether the goal was to lose a few kilos, increase size or strength or even try an improve performance. Whichever the goal, setbacks are most certainly a very common issue that people will run into.

The first thing I want to address here is initially what we define as a setback. Is a setback when you take a step backwards, or is it just a plateau along the way. It can definitely be both, but the main thing to remember is that a setback is there to tell you something.

A setback or plateau can indicate that your body has either adapted to the changes you have made and needs to be challenged further or that those changes are no longer creating the change in your body that you desire.

Now generally the main culprit to a setback is created by whatever is going on in your life at the time, which in turn stops you from doing the things you are supposed to do consistently such as exercising and eating well. Every day you come across new challenges and changes, and when this happens, it can stop you from continuing those positive habits that you had been trying to do so you can achieve your goal.

So your first step in overcoming setbacks now and in the future is to make sure that whatever is going on in your life, it doesn’t affect your routine. It doesn’t matter whether your busy at work, if you’ve got a wedding to go to, if it’s a friends birthday or your just stressed and couldn’t be bothered sticking to your plan, you need to have a solution to stop yourself from falling off the wagon.

If you are just at a plateau and your results have slowed, re-visiting your plan and making adjustments will be the best way to ensure your body is being challenge to adapt.

To help you overcome setbacks and push past a plateau, use these 3 tips!

1. Always have a backup plan

You can’t plan for the unexpected, but you can always have a go-to option for when something pops up. Whether it’s an alternative to missing a workout or knowing good food choices on a last minute trip, you need to be prepared for when something does change unexpectedly.

2. Make no excuses

This one is important and if you are honest with yourself, will really make a difference. If you really want to achieve your goals, you won’t let anything get in the way. In saying that, everyone has hurdles to overcome and the best way to do that is to sit down and create some ways to overcome those hurdles or barriers that are stopping you from reaching your goals. If you can make those plans and make them work then you’ll be on your way to success.

3. Learn from your setbacks

Setbacks are going to happen and when they do, the best thing you can do is to accept them and make your best effort to get back on track as soon as possible. If you can do this you will be happier and more positive to continue your journey. Everyone has setbacks so never feel like you’re the only one, just learn from them, make changes to avoid it happening again and keep moving forward.

Yours in fitness,

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