Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn't easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances — time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don't need to stand in your way. Consider practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness.
Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge. Use a little creativity to get the most out of your time.
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.
Don't get down on yourself! Remind yourself that you're improving your cardiovascular health, or focus on how much stronger you feel after a workout.
No energy to exercise? Without exercise, you'll have no energy. It's a cycle. But breaking the cycle with physical activity is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. And over time, exercise can help improve your sleep quality and your energy level.
If the thought of a morning jog makes you tired, consider several ideas to get moving.
You don't need natural athletic ability to be active. Even if you've been inactive for some time, it's not too late to get more active.
Don't give up. Reevaluate what went wrong, and learn from your mistakes. Although you can't always see visible changes when you lower your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, you can make a positive impact in your health through regular exercise.
You don't need a gym membership to get a great workout. Consider commonsense alternatives.
If you're nervous about injuring yourself, start off with simple activities such as walking and take it slowly.
Remind those close to you of the benefits of regular exercise, and then bring them along to exercise.
If necessary, have a heart-to-heart talk with your loved ones. If they don't share your fitness ambitions, ask them to at least respect your desire to get fit.