I’d definitely say that I’m an intermediate to advanced person when it comes to the fitness fail. I sucked at half marathons, (which I probably could have run backwards and had the same pitiful pace average) cheated on a diet, (that Nutella was spoiling) and most definitely had some yoga fails (splat). But what I’ve learned about failure in fitness is that it’s an opportunity to become better by giving you perspective on the following:
Consider your strengths and weaknesses
It turns out I was a horrible long distance runner, but an awesome 5k and 8k runner. Sometimes it’s not the activity, but now it’s approached that can interfere with your success. Instead of putting time and energy in what doesn’t work for you, improve on what you shine at.
Reevaluate your goal
Not clearly defining or identifying your goal can set yourself up for failure (“I’m on a diet” vs. “I eat lean protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat 6 times a day”). Also, give yourself enough time to meet the goals in a reasonable fashion. Taking a good at the goal and making adjustments can help to fix the fail to a success.
Work on your technique
When something goes wrong in fitness, the most important thing to consider is technique. Across the board, technique is a factor that impacts flawless execution. Want set a PR squat? Get deeper. Want to beat your last race time? Polish up your stride length and frequency. Want to hold handstand? Place your hands correctly. Here is the bottom line. Do not be afraid to fail. Failure gives us an opportunity to grow from our mistakes. Without failure, we can’t see what we are made of. When you face your failures, you get to see how resilient and brave you are in the face of adversity. When you stand up against your fears and failures when you’re knocked down, you show the world you have courage. Punch your fear in the face. Check out my most recent Yoga Fail on my Facebook Page, LIKE it while you’re there! Make sure to: LIKE our Facebook page CHECK OUT MY PICTURES on Instagram FOLLOW ME on Twitter SIGN UP for the newsletter for articles with exercise examples and yoga tutorials!