Overcoming Barriers to Exercise

January 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

New Year’s resolutions almost always include weight loss or healthier living.  Making a plan to increase your level of physical activity will enable you to meet your goals and hopefully make exercise a part of your daily routine for life. 

Many people have a variety of concerns when it comes to starting an exercise program so we’ve come up with some suggestions below to eliminate some fears and motivate you to get moving!

Exercise Barriers and Suggestions:



I don’t have time to exercise for 30 minutes a day.

Do as much as you can. Every step counts. If you’re just starting out, start with 10 minutes a day and add more little by little. Work up to 10 minutes at a time, three times a day.

I’m too tired after work.

Plan to do something active before work or during the day.

I don’t have the right clothes.

Wear anything that’s comfortable as long as you have shoes that fit well and socks that don’t irritate your skin.

I’m too shy to exercise in a group.

Choose an activity you can do on your own, such as following along with an aerobics class on TV or going for a walk.

I don’t want to have sore muscles.

Exercise shouldn’t hurt if you go slowly at first. Choose something you can do without getting sore. Learn how to warm up and stretch before you do something active and how to cool down afterward.

I’m afraid I’ll get low blood glucose.

If you’re taking a medication that could cause low blood glucose, talk to your health care provider about ways to exercise safely.

Walking hurts my knees.

Try chair exercises or swimming.

It’s either too hot or too cold outside.

If it’s too hot, too cold, or too humid, walk inside a school or a shopping center.

It’s not safe to walk in my neighborhood.

Find an indoor activity, such as an exercise class at a community center.

I’m afraid I’ll make my condition worse.

Get a checkup before planning your fitness routine. Learn what’s safe for you to do.

I can’t afford to join a fitness center or buy equipment.

Do something that doesn’t require fancy equipment, such as walking or using cans of food for weights.

Exercise is boring.

Find something you enjoy doing. Try different activities on different days.


Entry filed under: Exercise, Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Weight Management.

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