By now, just about everyone realizes that exercise is important. Research has shown that regular physical activity can:
-Decrease likelihood of cardiovascular disease
-Improve mental focus and mood
-Improve test scores in school
-Reduce symptoms of depression
-Reduce risk of falls and bone breaks among senior citizens
-Improve body composition, reduce excess weight
-Reduce symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
Among many others.
This is now news to most people. So why then do several studies, show that so few Americans exercise? We have more access to better equipment than ever before, and the awareness of the risks of inactivity are better known than ever before…yet a recent poll done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that about 80% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of physical activity. How can something that has such clear benefits become so rare in our society full of rising health care costs and increasing rates of disease?
Over the last 10 years or so of working in the fitness industry, I’ve encountered several reasons people will cite for not exercising regularly, but a few stick out as the most common. These are the most common Barriers to Exercise that seem to pop up quite often:
-Lack of Time
-Lack of Energy
-Lack of Motivation
-Fear of Getting Hurt
-Intimidation or General dislike for physical activity
If you fall into the category of someone who identities with one or more of these barriers, trust me when I say you are not alone. All of my most successful clients, people who have lost significant weight and/or have put on impressive amounts of muscle and completely changed their body image, have dealt with at least one of these issues several times throughout their journey. The key is to not let these barriers beat you. Find a way to break through each one of these barriers, and you will find a way to create a much happier, healthier version of yourself that you never thought was possible. I’m going to show you how to break through each one of these barriers over my next several posts, starting with a Lack of Time.