How to overcome potential barriers to training - NO EXCUSES
Barriers to exercise can seem unconquerable — but they aren’t. All it takes is a little imagination and willpower. Here are five common fitness barriers, along with some tips for breaking down your self imposed barriers.
Barrier 1 : Too busy It’s unlikely that you’re too busy to exercise. You probably just need to use a little creativity to get the most out of your time. All you need is 30 minuets during the day - And you don’t even need to go to a gym.
Get up 30 minutes earlier - If your days are packed and the evening hours are just as busy, get up 30 minutes earlier once or twice a per to exercise. Once you’ve adjusted to it, add another day to the routine.
Rethink your weekend pattern. Your Saturday bar crawl, could be reborn as an hour bike ride.
Squeeze in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day. Short spurts of exercise placed throughout the day offer benefits as well.
Barrier 2: Embarrassed If you’re nervous about exercising in front of other gym goers, don’t sweat it! Everyone is there for the same reason, its not a beauty contest.
Try an exercise class for beginners. Focus on the basics, and don’t worry about the hard stuff. You are also with a group of likeminded people.
Consider working with a personal trainer. Get a customized fitness programme from a certified expert who can monitor your movements and point you in the right direction.
Keep the exercise simple. Start with a simple walking and build up.
Barrier 3: Boredom It’s natural to grow tired with a repetitive workout, especially when you’re doing it alone. But exercise doesn’t have to be boring.
Exercise with a partner. Enjoy the friendly competition, and offer encouragement to one another.
Vary the routine. Rotate among several programmes — cardio one day, and weights another for example.
Check out an exercise class. These can be fast and fun.
Barrier 4: Lack of support
This is where people like me come in, If going at the gym alone isn’t working for you, or there is no one to accompany you, maybe you should look into hiring a personal trainer.How can a personal trainer help me?
Get started. A personal trainer can guide you down the path to fitness by creating a specific exercise routine for you.
Learn proper technique and form. If you’re not doing exercises the right way, it can lead to injury that can sideline you. By doing them right, you’re staying safe and also getting the maximum benefit from your workout.
Achieve your goals. If you’ve always wanted to lose that last 20 pounds, tone up your body, or just be a healthier person, but you haven’t quite been able to get there on your own, a personal trainer can help keep you on track.
In the end, All of your barriers are self imposed - Just use a little imagination to overcome what YOU believe stops your exercising.
Good luck with your future goals.
Tom Lovelace - CEO and Founder of Ultraluxe