Barriers to Exercise
As the new year approaches, some individuals are excited about making changes in their life. These changes could be related to their career, relationships, routine, residence, etc. Whatever it may be, they had to overcome some type of barrier to go through with the change. Some decisions might be easier than others, but the ones that require a little more consideration will usually be worth it in the long term.
One of these decisions, especially around the 1st day of the year… is the decision to start implementing an exercise routine. We’ve touched on this subject before in one of our previous blogs, now let’s dive deeper. According to The Mayo Clinic, The American Heart Association, and ACE Fitness, what stops individuals from beginning an exercise routine are these common barriers (we’ve also included a simple suggested solution for each).:
“I don’t have enough time”
Start by carving out a few days a week that you know you’ll have 45min-1 hour to yourself to either take a workout class, meet with a trainer, go to the gym, or for a brisk walk outside. When you try to fit something new into a schedule every day all at once, it’s easy to give up on it. Ease into implementing it into your daily routine and then eventually it won’t be an add on, but rather being active will just be a part of your life.
“I can’t find a type of exercise that I like”
The beauty of modern technology allows for the opportunity to try new things with ease! ClassPass (Body One is on there by the way) is a great way to filter out studios/exercise modalities you like and don’t like. Another way is to take a friend to a new studio in town like ours so you feel more comfortable when trying something new. Trial and error my friends.
“ Everyone at the gym/in the class is at a higher level of performance than I am” OR similarly “I’m not athletic”
There will always be someone bigger, someone smaller, someone more athletic, someone less athletic (but working towards getting better), etc, etc. The moment you stop comparing your fitness journey to another persons’ fitness journey, is when you start achieving YOUR results. Its totally fine to use others success to fuel your motivation, however knowing the difference between admiration and comparison is very important in the fitness setting. Everyone is starting at a different level. That beast of a human lifting 200lbs started by lifting 10lb, and struggled to do that at first. Start somewhere and watch how amazing it feels to succeed and improve your abilities!!
“I’m afraid I’ll get hurt”
Don’t go about this on your own. There are health and fitness professions waiting for you to let them use their expertise to help you. Utilizing these services such as working out with a personal trainer or in a class with a qualified coach, will highly decrease the chance of you getting injured. Allow a professional to help you with your form and function so you can crush your workout without the worry of injury!
“ I’m not motivated “ I’m tired”
What is the reason you’re choosing to start working out? Did you doctor suggest it? Friend and/or family member suggested it? You saw something in someone that you wanted for yourself?
If the reason is due to external factors where you didn’t come up with this idea yourself and yet you still want to do it, search within to find how you can intrinsically motivate yourself as well. If its not only coming from you, then there needs to be a balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for there to be success. Maybe you want the strength to lift up your children/grandchildren, you’re prepping for an event, you’ve already wanted to run a marathon, your heart health depends on it, you want to live to see your kids have kids, the list is endless. Find it and use it to fuel your success!
The Body One Fitness Team
“Breaking Down Barriers to Fitness.” Www.heart.org, American Heart Association, 18 Apr. 2018, www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/getting-active/breaking-down-barriers-to-fitness
Mayo Clinic Staff. “10 Fitness Barriers You Can Overcome.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 16 Oct. 2019, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/fitness/art-20045099.
Pagoto, Sherry. Exercise Adherence: Translating The Evidence On Barriers and Facilitators Into Practice. American Council on Exercise, 2014, pp. 1–15, Exercise Adherence: Translating The Evidence On Barriers and Facilitators Into Practice, www.acewebcontent.azureedge.net/SAP-Reports/Exercise_Adherence_SAP_Reports.pdf.