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Paige Waehner

Overcoming Your Fear of Exercise Failure

By October 11, 2012

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What do you do when you feel like a failure at exercise and weight loss? You probably kick yourself - which would be great if you could actually count that as a calorie-burning exercise. You may wallow in your ineptitude, comforting yourself with something warm and creamy (ice cream? Mac and cheese?) - After all, will a few more calories really make a difference now? You may even decide to give up altogether because, really, what's the point if you're only going to fail again?

Fear of failure is something we all experience and it can be paralyzing...so much so that you find yourself unable to move forward at all. However, failure isn't really the problem...it's our reaction to it. There's the endless cycle of 'I-suck' and the feeling that, if you already suck, why not abandon everything that is healthy and good so you can just suck all the way?

Or maybe your reaction is to not just blame yourself, but to blame everyone else too. Your boss, for example, who might as well be a prison warden. Or your spouse, perhaps, who continually sabotages you by making fun of your weight loss efforts.

The thing is, the only way you'll ever reach your goals is move forward in spite of your fears, an idea I discuss in detail in my latest article, Overcoming Your Fear of Exercise Failure. I've also included some ideas for getting past those failures which, unfortunately, do not include ice cream or mac and cheese.

What do you think? How do you react to your failures? Do you ever feel so paralyzed by your fear of failing again that you stay stuck? Leave a comment and tell us about your fear of failing.

October 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm
(1) Teresa says:

Thanks Paige – I have felt this way lately; because some exercises I feel I am terrible at and don’t like them…but know I need to improve on because they’re good for me! And feel like I need more motivation lately; have been feeling a bit discouraged but I’m going to keep at it.

October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm
(2) Tonya says:

For me it was all about the old “finding something you love to do” thing. I learned that I failed at trying to make myself get on a treadmill or get outside and play sports. These are simply things I don’t enjoy. However, get me in a step class or Zumba class or Pilates class and I’m actually enjoying the exercise. Yes, this means I won’t get the variety the experts say you should have, but it does mean that I’ll keep coming to the class and getting off my butt. Works for me!

October 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm
(3) robin gerblick says:

Real fitness success stories come from a balanced body…. Spirit, Soul and Body

October 20, 2012 at 12:19 am
(4) angela says:

I have been dealing with weight for as long as I can remember. I only lost weight when I was in high school but I’m not quite sure how it happened.
Then I gained it back in college & have been struggling ever since. I am 30 now & I have failed at dieting & exercise.
I have given up because I am accepting that I donKt have the will power to reach my weight loss goals.

November 12, 2012 at 3:23 am
(5) Alicia says:

I never successed in my weight loss plan, because it only last for 4days doing exercise. I get bored and i felt so tired and sickening. Then i found i love doing house work, bring my kids out to the garden , dancing, core rhythm. Slowly but sure i am going to reach my weight loss target. Love what i do now. And i become a happier person

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