Obstacles to Exercise: I think exercise is boring
It's natural to grow weary of a repetitive workout day after day, especially when you're going it alone. But exercise shouldn't be boring.
This is where a good fitness class is worth the money! Classes will have a variety of exercises that are changed up regularly. Instructors will keep the format fresh to retain clients.
Exercising with a friend will keep the boredom at bay. This can be hiking, going for a bike ride, doing your favorite sporting activity with someone you enjoy spending time with keeps you going, even on a difficult day. Exercising with someone will help to motivate you and hold you accountable.
Change things up. Don’t feel like you have to go to the gym every day you exercise. Go for a walk one day, boxing class the next time and yoga another time. Keeping things fresh is a big part of staying active. Exercise doesn't need to be sit-ups, jumping rope or running all the time.
Obstacles to Exercise: I don't have time to exercise
Setting aside time to exercise can look impossible. Taking time out of your day to exercise is a difficult task at first. Keep in mind that you can make several small changes in your day to make some time to exercise a couple of times a week.
Get to work a little earlier and/or take a shorter lunch. This may allow you to leave work a little early to get to a fitness class or do some exercises before having to get the kids after school. The idea is to find some small pieces of time during the day that can add up to giving yourself an hour to exercise.
The easiest way to find time is to give up or reschedule an activity you would normally do. Change your normal rituals. Not meeting a friend right after work, recording your favorite program to watch at a later time rather than when it airs. Doing the yard work later in the day or cutting another activity a little short.
Get up an hour earlier than you normally would on a day off. This is time for yourself to exercise and relieve the stress of life and work. Many of us look forward to not setting the alarm on our days off, so this may be difficult the first couple times. This can be a very simple fix to the problem of not having enough time.
I realize that these ideas don’t sound appealing, however, if you want to make a change in your life you will have to make changes in your life. Keep in mind this doesn’t need to happen every day. Twice a week, in the beginning, will make a difference.
Obstacles to Exercising: I'm not an athletic person
Natural athletic ability isn't necessary for physical activity.
Try something basic, such as a daily walk. Keep it simple. Start slowly and give your body a chance to get used to the increased activity.
Pick an activity you like, such as hiking, dancing or gardening, and invite friends to join you. Exercise doesn’t have to be a radical workout.
The best part of exercise is that you choose what you are going to do. Don't worry about the superstar athlete or joining the hard-bodied athletes at the fitness club. The time you spend exercising is yours and yours alone. Focus on the positive changes you're making to your body and mind.
Remember K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) Even if you've been inactive for some time, it's never too late to become more active.
Obstacles to Exercise: I've tried and failed in past
Keep the past failures in the past. Re-evaluate what went wrong the previous time(s) and took action not to repeat your mistakes.
Start small and build up to more intense workouts later. Trying to do too much, in the beginning, is a fault most of us have. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the new you. Pace yourself.
Set realistic goals. Don't promise yourself you're going to work out for an hour every day, and then get down on yourself when you fall short. Stick with manageable goals you can achieve, such as exercising 20 minutes a day, three days a week for the first month. Missing a day doesn’t have to end the world; it’s only a minor delay.
Why are you exercising? The reason needs to personal to YOU. Use your PERSONAL fitness goal(s) as motivation, and reward yourself as you meet your goals. Celebrate success; you should be proud of yourself! It isn’t a small thing to achieve fitness goals.
Although you can't see when you reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, you can make a positive impact in your health through regular exercise.
Obstacles to Exercise: I feel self-conscious about how I look
This is particularly uncomfortable for some people. Keep in mind that you are doing something positive for yourself when others are not. You are now a person that is taking charge of their life. You are the one to be looked up to by others.
Your efforts today will shape tomorrow. You are exercising for a better tomorrow, not a better “right now”. Each time you get out and exercise or participate in an activity you are giving yourself a better future. Doing something is better than doing nothing. Focus on the positive.
Exercise when others are not. Exercising during off time will solve this problem, and you will have the majority of the gym, trail fitness studio to yourself. Invest in a stationary bicycle, treadmill, stair-climbing machine or another piece of home exercise equipment. Remember… this feeling is temporary; there will be a time when you will be proud of your appearance.
Obstacles to Exercise: I'm so tired after work
Remember the suggestion to get up 30 minutes earlier to exercise? Step outside for a brisk walk. The treadmill or stationary bicycle while you listen to the radio or watch the morning news.
Keep a pair of walking shoes with you at work and take a walk or jog during your lunch break.
Plean to exercise when your energy is at it’s highest point in the beginning.
This is a temporary feeling. You won’t believe it until you experience it for yourself, but regular exercise will increase your energy levels.
Obstacles to Exercise: I'm so unmotivated
If the mere thought of a morning jog makes you tired, consider several ideas to get moving.
If you set your goals too high or too far in the future, you might give up without even trying. Start with walking. Don't give up if you feel worn out. Take another walk around the block tomorrow. Tell yourself that you will do this three time a week… and that’s all, and eventually, you'll no longer feel worn out.
Plan physical activity for times of the day when you tend to feel more energetic. Work with your nature, not against it. It is self-defeating to plan something you don’t want to do when you are at your lowest in the day.
Schedule exercise as you would schedule an important appointment. This will take you farther than anything else! Block off times for your physical activity, and make sure your friends, family, and coworkers are aware of your commitment. Make this as important as any other appointment on your calendar.
Feeling unmotivated usually means that it is time to find a new exercise format or you haven’t found the right one for you. Keep looking until you find what will have you looking forward to your time exercising.
Obstacles to Exercise: I'm afraid I'll hurt myself if I exercise
If you're nervous about injuring yourself, start off on the right foot go to an exercise class or use a personal trainer.
Get a fitness tutorial from a certified expert, who can monitor your movements and point you in the right direction. If you've had a previous injury or you have a medical condition, you may want to consult your doctor or an exercise therapist for help designing a fitness program appropriate for you.
Go to an exercise class. There is a fitness class for just about everything now. Dance, yoga, kickboxing, boot camp, cycling and much more. The point is to have someone with professional knowledge keep an eye on you so that you won’t have any injury.
Mayo Clinic, Aug. 31, 2016
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