Barriers to Fitness…Overcoming Common Challenges

Having a hard time getting started or sticking with a regular exercise routine?? Here are some tips to overcome those barriers.

Barrier No. 1: I don’t have enough time to exercise

Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge. Use a little creativity to get the most out of your time.
*Get in short 10 min walks throughout the day
*Wake up 30 min earlier twice per week
*Drive less, walk more – park as far away as possible
*Revamp your rituals – change Saturday mornings to family hikes

Barrier No. 2: 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 doesn’t have to be boring.
*Choose activities you enjoy – if you hate the gym hit the trails
*Vary your routine – hike, lift weights, take yoga, jog on the beach, take Amy’s circuit class 🙂
*Find an exercise partner – they hold you accountable, challenge & encourage you
*Explore new fitness options – try Pilates, find a new hike, buy a bike or hire a personal trainer

Barrier No. 3: I’m self-conscious about how I look

Don’t get down on yourself! Remind yourself what a great favor you’re doing for your cardiovascular health, or focus on how much stronger you feel after a workout.
*Remember everyone at the gym is looking at themselves!
*Hire a trainer to get you on the right track
*Avoid the crowds
*Focus on the future – your self esteem will improve as you shape your body & mind

Barrier No. 4: I’m too tired to exercise after work

No energy to exercise? Without exercise, you’ll have no energy. It’s a vicious cycle. But breaking the cycle with physical activity is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
*Try a morning dose of exercise. Wake up 30 min early & jump on your cardio machine or bundle up and head outside
*Make lunchtime count – throw on your shoes for a 30 min run or brisk walk
*Be prepared – always have a change of gym clothes in your car, have your exercise DVD ready to go before you leave in the morning or make a date to exercise after work
*Go to bed earlier – aim for 7-9 hours of sleep to feel energized for your day

Barrier No. 5: I’m too lazy to exercise

If the mere thought of a morning jog makes you tired, try these thoughts on for size:
*Set realistic expectations – start with a walk around the block
*Work with your nature not against it – if you are simply not a morning person plan all of your exercise when you are most energetic
*Schedule exercise as you would an important appointment

5 more barriers & solutions in tomorrow’s post…

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