Do you envy people who work out on a regular basis? Do you find yourself wishing you could do what you’ve seen others do but struggling to find the time, energy, or motivation to get started? The good news is that you, too, can make exercise a part of your daily life and enjoy the benefits of weight loss success. Take a closer look at the things that might be holding you back, and find out how to overcome them.
Overcoming 3 Obstacles To Daily Exercise
- Fear of the gym: If you haven’t worked out in a while (or ever), stepping into a building filled with healthy people who know what they’re doing can be intimidating. But keep in mind that many of the people in the gym started off in the same situation you’re in now, and they became more confident and fit over time. More importantly, most of the people in a gym are there to do their workouts and get out, not compare themselves to you. If you need a confidence boost, consider hiring a personal trainer to get you started, joining a gender-specific gym, or going with a friend.
- Don’t enjoy exercise: While some people seem to genuinely enjoy a strenuous workout, other people just don’t. If you really can’t find any pleasure in hitting the gym, you’re less likely to stick to an exercise routine long-term. Instead, find a type of physical activity you enjoy. Consider taking a kickboxing class, swimming, or joining a sporting league in your community.
- Lack of time: Most people have full schedules these days, yet many busy people find the time to exercise. In fact, exercising might be even more important if you’re extremely busy, because it can give you extra energy and the mental clarity to get more done. But where can you find the time to exercise? Consider doing shorter exercise routines throughout the day, like a fifteen-minute walk in the morning and fifteen minutes of resistance training at night. You might also get up earlier and work out before you start your day, or swap a sedentary activity, like TV-watching, with an active one.