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Overcoming Exercise Barriers

By Sara Butler

Exercise is good for you. Still, many people face hurdles when it comes to staying active. There are a million things that can stand in the way of you and exercise, but most of them are simply excuses. You must inject some positive thinking into your health and fitness. Here are some tips to help you overcome the barriers you may face to regular exercise.

Finding the Time

Ask people what keeps them from the gym and many will likely reply that it’s time. If you have found time and again that your barrier to exercise is having the time to do it, then there’s a simple solution: Exercise in the morning.

Getting up and exercising in the morning doesn’t have to involve the gym. You can combine it with an activity that needs to be done anyway, such as walking your dog or cleaning your house. If you truly don’t have 30 minutes a day to exercise, then try to fit in three 10-minute chunks of time throughout the day to be active. No one says that 30 minutes a day must be consecutive.

Sticking with the Plan

Another common barrier to exercise is making a plan and actually sticking with it. To overcome this roadblock, you should look for an exercise you find enjoyable. Once you find something you like to do, expand on it to keep your interests alive. If you like to walk, take up hiking. If you like to swim, sign up for a club or water exercise class. Trying new things will help to keep you from getting bored.

Lack of Cash

Many people are under the impression that you have to spend a lot of money in order to exercise, but the truth is that exercise doesn’t have to cost you a dime. If you’ve got a pair of comfortable supportive shoes, a brisk walk outside will do the trick. To build muscles, you don’t have to buy weights either. Grab a couple of water bottles or cans of soup and start on those reps.

You’re Too Tired

Many people shudder at the thought of getting up and exercising because they’re so tired from everything else they have to do. But regular exercise can help you manage stress and fight fatigue, helping to improve your mood as you improve your health.

These strategies can help you make exercise a habit in your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Round Rock, Tex.

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