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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Up on Exercise

Christina Schroeder


All it takes is one quick Google search to find “THE BEST WORKOUT EVER!” But isn’t it strange how all the best workouts ever are all….different?

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to begin your fitness journey. And the reality of it? Everyone’s journey is unique. If, in all your Google searching, you haven’t found “your thing” – don’t worry quite yet. Your thing is still out there, waiting to be discovered!

Below are five questions I ask clients when they’re frustrated about their exercise routine (or lack thereof). These can help you sort through the headache and uncover some options you may not have realized were there!

1. What have I tried so far?

Chances are, you’ve tried some sort of exercise in the past (even if it was the distant past!). Yoga, MMA, barre, running, CrossFit…what lands on your list? As you jot it down, add some notes about your experience. Did you have fun? Were you in way over your head? Did you feel uncomfortable? Did you like it, but found it really inconvenient in your schedule? Get clear on what you already know.

2. What’s available in your community?

Think about what types of resources are near you – YMCA, group training, Anytime Fitness? Check out Google or ask around. There’s a chance you uncover some places or groups you’ve never even heard of before!

3. Do you prefer solo workouts or group classes?

Different strokes for different folks, so get familiar with what works for you. And you may have to try several things to figure it out! Here’s my pro-tip, though: if you haven’t been disciplined enough to use that Peloton bike in your basement, there’s a high likelihood you’re not disciplined enough to work out solo – yet. Consider taking a group fitness class or hiring a personal trainer for an added level of accountability.

4. Do you know what you’re doing?

Just like it’s hard to do your job if you’re not sure what you’re doing, the same goes in the gym. If a set of dumbbells, a certain movement or a piece of equipment leaves you feeling stumped, find a trainer to get you started. That way, you’ll be more confident and safer as you work toward your goals.

5. What do you WANT to do?

Seriously. If we were to check your search engine history, what would we find? Iron Man dates? Bodybuilding shows? Local CrossFit competitions? A 5k registration page? What do you want to do? Just because you’re not ready to do that thing today doesn’t mean you won’t be ready ever. No matter what you do, everyone starts as a beginner.

regret_workoutAre you going to love or enjoy every single workout you do? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean it’s a waste of time or energy, and it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you’re doing most of the time. If you find yourself dreading the gym or hating your routine – you probably just haven’t found “your thing” quite yet. Be grateful for the sweat equity and move on. Keep searching for what and who motivates you, so that you can make fitness fit into your life with excitement.

The “greatest workout ever” is all relative. Just like nutrition, fitness is individualized. Be patient with yourself, enjoy exploring new things, and be on the lookout for YOUR best fitness.

Want more support in reaching your health goals?

Join us in the #thrivetoday 90-Day Fitness Challenge, kicking off on July 1! Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, want some nutrition tips and tricks, or are looking for workouts you can do at home or on the road – this program will have something for you. Jump over here to learn more! And don't wait long – registration closes June 26!


In addition to her work as an MJST Success Coach, Christina Schroeder has been actively coaching in the fitness and wellness community for 7 years. Her certifications include: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, Stages Cycling, and Precision Nutrition Level 1. She'll also be beginning her Precision Level 2 certification training in the near future. She is based out of Omaha working for Mark Jewell Speaking & Training and Nerve Health and Fitness.

Note: Please work with your physician or other qualified health professional when addressing your unique fitness, nutritional and health needs. Have questions? Check out the fine print here.

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