Group classes combine energetic instructors, fast-paced music, and encouraging friends to give you that extra push to get into gear and jump start your workout.
Let me take a guess. Past failures with exercise? Social anxiety? Or the most famous excuse – there’s just not enough time in a day. Do any of these sound familiar? These common barriers to exercise don't have to stand in your way of losing weight or feeling better about yourself. Just like most problems, these "barriers" also have solutions.
Past failures with exercise. There is no need to quit or lose motivation because things didn't quite go the way you predicted the first time around. Take some time to evaluate the possible mistakes that were made, and see what modifications can be made to improve results.
Set realistic goals. Decide what you are aiming for. You may set multiple goals. Don't go for the home run from the start. Hold yourself to one commitment at a time. Start with a short-term goal and build upon it after it is reached. For example, if you would like to lose 100 pounds, set an initial goal of 10 pounds in a manageable time frame. After you lose the first 10 pounds, evaluate what worked for you and set another goal.
Pace yourself. Changing to a healthier lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint. Don't get discouraged when results come slowly. Remember that slow progress is still progress. Step outside the box and remember your results don't always have to be visual. Think about how much your cholesterol has decreased or how much your blood pressure has dropped. Remember your reason for exercising, and keep that as your motivation.
Social influences. Are you self-conscious or nervous about exercising in front of others or just exercising period? We all have to start somewhere. You can always ask your family or close friends to be your accountability partner to make you feel more comfortable and to ensure you are consistent with your workout routine.
Join a group class. Being a part of a group that shares similar goals and interests can be more motivating. Group classes combine energetic instructors, fast-paced music, and encouraging friends to give you that extra push to get into gear and jump start your workout.
Focus on your goals. Again, remember why you chose to start exercising and let that be your focus. Take it one day at a time. As you become more comfortable with exercising, your self-confidence will improve as well.
Not enough time in the day. Setting aside your valuable time to exercise can be a real challenge. In order to live a healthier lifestyle, use some of these innovative tips/tricks to get the most of your time.
Identify time slots. Record your daily activities and identify any available time slots that can be used to engage in exercise.
Give something up. During the day, is there any time you can substitute for exercise? It may mean missing a television show or even exercising while watching television, but gaining self-confidence, energy, and living a healthier lifestyle will be worth it.
Barriers don't have to prevent progress as long as you can identify the issues and figure out the possible solutions. Plan. Prepare. Believe. Execute. Live adventurously.
By Orie Dyas, Primary Trainer at Camp Gladiator
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