4 reasons people fail to achieve fitness goals

“MAAYO ra sa sugod (Only good at first)” – most of you are guilty of this, right? Especially when it comes to fitness goals.

Of course, we all wanted to look good and be fit. Fitness goal/s always lands in people’s New Year’s resolutions, but probably, it is also the most failed-to-achieve goals by mankind.

The idea of getting a healthy body and ideal Body Mass Index excites people, but why some are only good at the start but fail to sustain their goals in the end?

We talk to Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center’s Gym supervisor and fitness coach Janice Juaban on this and she shared these four common reasons why people fail to achieve their fitness goals.

Unset goals

The top reason why people didn’t achieve their fitness goals is simple – they seem lost on what their goal really is.

Going to the gym means you know what to focus and work on – lose weight, maintain body figure, build muscle, improve endurance, and improve joint flexibility, among others.

You can’t just enroll to a gym because it is the trend among your peers or because your parents gave you money to enroll. Do not be a lost animal in the jungle.

“Before you enroll, set a goal. For beginners, they should have a fitness coach to guide them on what are the right things to do according to their goals. Like in life, going to the gym also needs direction,” she said.

In setting goals, she said, having a realistic one is also important.

“Your goal should also be realistic. Take it slowly but surely. Once you set your realistic goals, focus on that until you achieve it,” Juaban shared.

Money matters

Going to the gym and hiring a fitness coach to help you in your fitness goals require money.

“Some are very eager to get that desired body built but lacks enough financial support while others have the money but aren’t persistent,” she said.

But Juaban emphasized that money shouldn’t be a problem at all as achieving one’s fitness goals require no one to enroll to a gym. There are plenty of workouts and physical activities you can do outside the gym. It’s still a matter of commitment and discipline.

Time mismanagement

One common excuse why some people stop going to the gym is because of conflict of schedule.

Juaban shared the ideal time going to the gym is during the morning.

“Morning exercise is very ideal. For working people, if they go to the gym after work, chances are they’ll have no energy left to work out,” she said.

However, the fitness coach underscored that workouts can be done at any time of the day.

“Time management is key. We’re all busy... it is just a matter of commitment and mind set. Ayaw gyud pag unya-unya (Do not ever put your goals off to another time),” she said.


Another reason would be impatience. Others set a goal and wanted to achieve it overnight.

The door to your fitness goals isn’t magic. It requires hard work, patience, discipline, and commitment.

“Others want to see progress immediately, just after a week. That is impossible; they need to understand that this is a process. Do not believe right away on those vlogs and blogs by fake know-it-all fitness trainers,” Juaban said.

In getting your fitness goals, Juaban shared consistency and discipline are essential.

“Before going to the gym, ask yourself first: Am I ready to commit? And if you achieved your first realistic goal, do not stop there, take another realistic goal to work on to up your fitness level,” she said.

Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center Gym is open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 10 p.m. It is located just across The Matina Enclaves at Col. Emilio Escandor St., along Quimpo Blvd, Ecoland Dr, Davao City.


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