What are the obstructions that are preventing you from reaching your exercise goals? Many obstacles can sound like a valid reason to not exercise. The following guidelines will help you get past your obstacles and ultimately reach your fitness goals.
Some people actually avoid exercise for the reason that they haven’t exercised in a long time, so they don’t feel fit enough to start. This is sort of like feeling too sick to go to the doctor or too hungry to eat, yet it can be a factor in many cases. Exercise can be a little scary for people who have been sedentary for a long time, and this is not unnatural. Some people try exercising and are discouraged when they find how easily they tire. The key is to start at whatever level you’re at right now. You should seek medical advice about a good exercise program if you suffer from any chronic health issues. If you feel out of shape, you might want to start walking regularly, as this is something you can begin as slowly as you want, and increase as you get fitter.
Not having the time is why many people say they can’t start or stick with an exercise routine. Between work and family responsibilities, it can be hard to find the time to go to the gym, jog or take an exercise class. Yet if you look at your schedule, you’ll probably find that you don’t make the best use of your time. There is a study that shows that the average person in the U.S. watches five hours of television every day. If that time is cut in half, think of how much time you’d now have for fitness related activities. Other time wasters include playing computer games and trivial phone calls and text messaging. Cutting back on unproductive activities will give you more time for exercise.
In some places, weather can be a significant obstacle to pursuing your fitness goals. In areas with severe winters, there may be days or even weeks, where you won’t be able to exercise outside or even drive to the gym. Then, by the time spring comes along, you’ve already forgotten about your exercise program. A simple solution to this obstacle is to have exercises you can do at home. You may prefer exercising outside or at the gym but it’s not always practical to go out so it’s good to have a routine you can do at home. This can be an exercise machine, weights or even a simple exercise mat that you use for calisthenics, yoga or push-ups.
If you have a heart condition that prevents you from doing strenuous exercises, you can probably still walk or do gentle exercises in the water. Talk to your doctor and a fitness trainer to get help building a fitness routine around your specific needs.
Many people only exercise irregularly and find that they can’t make good progress this way. That’s why it’s a good idea to set definite times to exercise and adhere to this schedule. People who only exercise when they are in the mood, or when they have nothing better to do are usually inconsistent with their workouts. Ideally, you should consider your fitness program as an essential part of your life, so you don’t be tempted to skip sessions. If you’re tempted to skip exercise in favor of other activities, you should ask yourself what has the potential to bring you more benefits.
Doing nothing won’t get you to your goal but exercising will get you there eventually. Take a “go with the flow” kind of attitude with your fitness program rather than expecting dramatic results in a short time.
People can have difficulty maintaining a fitness program for any number of reasons. Yet, if you are committed to getting past these obstacles, you almost certainly can find a way. The above suggestions can help you to overcome any particular obstacles you might be facing. Think of fitness as part of your lifetime path, something you can always improve, whatever your present circumstances.
Sometimes you need to recognize your problems and obstacles to reach your fitness goals. You need to have patience, and be satisfied with your progress if it’s not as fast as you’d like. When it comes to fitness, you don’t have to compete with anyone else. You are headed in the right direction as long as you are moving forward. The above pointers on dealing with obstacles to fitness can help you stay on course as you get healthier and fitter.